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In the Grip of the Blizzard (1899)

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"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, ... See full summary »
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"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, and was swept in almost a complete circle, showing the tremendous drifts of snow and the blockade at 'Dead Man's Curve' in Fourteenth Street. This picture was taken during the busiest time of the day, and shows to what extent New York City was tied up by this tremendous fall of snow." Written by AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

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An incredible historical artifact.
23 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Films around the turn of the century were, by and large, dull little things--very short, EXTREMELY mundane and lacking technical prowess. In fact, I wouldn't even bother reviewing most of them because they are so short and uninteresting. However, this one stands out for several reasons. First, it shows New York City (around 14th and Broadway) in one of the earliest film records of the town. Second, you get to see how people lived--the trolleys (which were electric), horse-drawn carts, pedestrians and police--all coping with the snow. It's all very interesting--seeing how things have changed. However, the third reason to admire the film is something most will miss. In 1899, films were STATIONARY. Movement was almost unheard of by the cameramen and as a result the films were very confined. Here, however, the camera moves--creating a panorama shot. It might just be the earliest example you'll see of this and you have to admire the film for being so innovative. My very high score of 9 is relative to other films of the day...so take this in consideration and don't assume I'm insane for rating such a simple little film so highly.


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