"A wide plain, dotted with tents, gleaming in white in the bright sunshine. Soldiers moving about everywhere, at all sorts of duties. In the background looms up a big cigar factory, giving ... See full summary »
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"A wide plain, dotted with tents, gleaming in white in the bright sunshine. Soldiers moving about everywhere, at all sorts of duties. In the background looms up a big cigar factory, giving the prosaic touch to the picture needed to bring out in sharp contrast the patriotism with which the scene inspires in us. The camera was on a rapidly moving train, so the panoramic view is a wide one, and remarkably brilliant." Written by Edison Catalog (1898)

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Just As the Title Says
12 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Military Camp at Tampa, Taken from Train (1898)

The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this Edison film. What we basically see is bits of a military camp as a train goes past it. It should be noted that this thing runs a mere 28-seconds so there's really not too much going on here. As I usually say about these types of films, it's doubtful current viewers will understand this thing but this was a very early part of cinema and films like this were used to build the format. I always enjoy seeing them because it gives you a clear look of how things were back in 1898. We don't get to see too much of the camp other that a few soldiers walking around and the tents they sleep in are clearly visible. Again, nothing deep or ground-breaking but a good look back.


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