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Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (1901)

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Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days.

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This film shows the demolition of the historic Star Theatre building (formerly Wallack's) at the corner of Broadway and 13th Street, New York. To secure this unique picture a Biograph camera was kept constantly at work by specially devised electric apparatus for weeks, during which time exposures were made every four minutes, 8 hours a day. Before the contractors began their work of tearing down and after the last vestige of the building had been removed, 15 seconds of exposure at normal speed were made. Thus in the finished positive one views at first the old Star Theatre standing as it had for years looking down with serenity upon the bustle of Broadway traffic. Then as if struck by a tornado of supernatural strength, the building begins to crumble. Chimneys totters, walls cave in, and whole stories vanish, until at last the site shows only a cellar excavation; and the Broadway cars with the sidewalk procession continue as if nothing unusual had happened. When this view is shown in ... Written by AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Library of Congress. This version has a piano music score and runs 96 seconds. See more »

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Demolsing And Building A Theater In Time lapse, Very Interesting.
19 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days. Of course, there isn't really much to see here, but nevertheless, it is still rather interesting to watch. I am really into a lot of those old time experimental films, and when I watch them, I really find them interesting, because of how old they are. When I watched this, I found it to be very interesting, the way that most early experimental films should be.

I can't really give a review on this film, considering that it's only about two minutes in length, and it is not a feature film, but nevertheless, it is very interesting and it manages to give a good idea of what the early days of film where like. And I like how they sped up the camera for this, as it made it more interesting in the process, especially when you consider that how the building was built in real life, it didn't take as long as it did in the sped up film.

If you would like to get a look at how the early days of film were, then watch this experimental film, as it is short but interesting at the same time. While this film isn't really a movie, it is still something to watch, and it gives us a bit of film history, a bit of history as to what films were like back in the day, and I really like a piece of history like that. So if you want to watch something interesting, watch this, as it's only 2 minutes long, but it certainly is interesting to watch.

10/10


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