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Chicago Police Parade (1897)
"Chicago défilé de policemen" (original title)

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Walking four abreast, in groups of six rows, 144 of Chicago's finest parade past a stationary camera. Each of the six groups that pass is escorted by an officer. All are men, all are white,... See full summary »

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Walking four abreast, in groups of six rows, 144 of Chicago's finest parade past a stationary camera. Each of the six groups that pass is escorted by an officer. All are men, all are white, all look tall, all wear identical high-buttoned uniforms and badges and carry a nightstick. Almost all sport mustaches. Behind the police comes a horse-drawn carriage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Filmed on September 11, 1896 on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. See more »

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Lumière's Usual Good Composition & Photography
1 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This feature displays the usual good composition and photography that you expect from a Lumière film, even their earliest ones. In itself, the material is rather bland. From a purely aesthetic perspective, it would probably have worked better as a still photograph than it does as a movie, because even with plenty of motion, the picture never really changes or develops in any interesting way.

The subject is a police parade in Chicago, which in itself is a pretty impressive display, with row after row of solid-looking officers going past, viewed from the diagonal perspective that you see in so many of the Lumière movies. But unlike their more memorable movies of this kind, which have motley collections of factory workers or irregular swarms of photography buffs, here there is only a steadily moving uniform mass, as another commentator here has described in detail.

The motion is captured skillfully, and for a few moments the parade is a rather impressive sight. As a whole, it's not one of the more memorable movies of its time, mainly because the film footage just doesn't capture much more than a one-frame photograph could have done.


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