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"This view was taken upon Mr. McKinley's lawn at his home in Canton, Ohio. Mr. McKinley appears walking across the lawn in company with his Secretary, who hands him a telegram, which he reads with apparent satisfaction. The characteristic walk and gestures of Mr. McKinley will be noted with interest by his friends." Written by
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This short "documentary" from 1897 can be found in the Landmarks of Early Film DVD. Basically what it shows is President McKinley walking out of the White House, signing a piece of paper handed to him by a young man next to me, and then just strolling toward the camera for a few seconds before the film is over. Although this short does not have the charm and insight of the work of the Lumiere brothers, it is still fascinating to watch. You can see that McKinley is trying not to be different because there's a camera around, as is the young man next to him, but they are both greatly affected by its presence. You can also the wears and worries in McKinley, in his posture and movement, because he is far removed and you can hardly see his face. Even though this short decided to film someone of a stature far removed (instead of people exiting a factory or a train pulling into a station), it is still wonderful to watch, but for the few seconds you have to watch it.
President McKinley lived a long time ago. It took me a while to realize just how long ago this man was president. But this captures him. And now, he's timeless.
My grade: 7/10
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