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Panorama View, Street Car Motor Room (1904)

A camera moving forward on an overhead crane gives a traveling view of men working on machinery. Carts carrying parts and pieces of machinery pass by on rails; cranes lift machinery; and ... See full summary »
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A camera moving forward on an overhead crane gives a traveling view of men working on machinery. Carts carrying parts and pieces of machinery pass by on rails; cranes lift machinery; and men perform their various duties, including hammering objects. Written by Library of Congress

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May 1904 (USA)  »

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Panorama Motor Room, Westinghouse Works  »

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This film is included 1n Westinghouse Works (1904), which is in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. It is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, has a running time of about 2 minutes and an added piano music score. See more »

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Fascinating
17 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Cameraman Billy Bitzer hit on a neat idea when he decided to strap a camera (or himself) to an overhead crane and film the activity on the factory floor below as he glided over them. As filmmakers have learned since, there's something inherently dramatic about this shot which means it is timeless in many ways. At times this vision of corporate industrial manufacturing in action is akin to a glimpse into hell. Health and Safety would have a field day here - at one point a number of men seem to suddenly scatter as if to avoid something dangerous. There seems to be little demarcation of the areas in which different activities take place; all the machines are jammed into cramped areas. Men hammer objects and you can only imagine the noise, smell and heat in such a place.


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