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Spanish Bullfight (1900)

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With a crowded arena in the background, a stationary camera records a bull charging a picador astride his horse. An attendant on foot throws stones at the rump of the horse to get it to ... See full summary »

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With a crowded arena in the background, a stationary camera records a bull charging a picador astride his horse. An attendant on foot throws stones at the rump of the horse to get it to move. Various men with capes run past the bull to try to get him to charge or at least run about. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Static shot of an event but more interesting than a train coming into a station!
27 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film on a DVD that was rammed with short films from the period. I didn't watch all of them as the main problem with these type of things that their value is more in their historical novelty value rather than entertainment. So to watch them you do need to be put in the correct context so that you can keep this in mind and not watch it with modern eyes. With the Primitives & Pioneers DVD collection though you get nothing to help you out, literally the films are played one after the other (the main menu option is "play all") for several hours. With this it is hard to understand their relevance and as an educational tool it falls down as it leaves the viewer to fend for themselves, which I'm sure is fine for some viewers but certainly not the majority. What it means is that the DVD saves you searching the web for the films individually by putting them all in one place – but that's about it.

Like many viewers of this film when it came out, I have not actually seen a bull fight for myself and as such the "event" captured here offers interest if not moral neutrality. The capturing of the action is very clear and well framed to keep the bull in shot without moving the camera. Frustratingly as is often the case it feels like we are seeing a snippet of something rather than the "something" in its entirety but this is probably for the best. I'm sure some will dislike this for what it captures but at least nothing too brutal is shown here and indeed a lot of it is dull! Overall though, it is nice to see a static event captured that is more than a train pulling into a station, even if some modern viewers will not appreciate the actions being captured here.


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