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The Battle in the Clouds (1909)
"The Airship Destroyer" (original title)

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An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships.

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An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships.

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Early sci-fi
26 March 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It is frequently and falsely claimed that Porter created the story picture in THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY. Melies was creating such films already, most notably in A TRIP TO THE MOON. Likewise, D.W. Griffith did not invent cross-cutting, although he did establish its usage as standard and produced what Lillian Gish called "the grammar of film." Here is evidence that he was not working alone.

This short film, based on a Verne novel, imagines the course of a future war, in which dirigibles are used to bomb cities. Although primitive by today's standards, it is clearly an epic picture and well worth the time of anyone with curiosity about the origins of film.


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