A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are passing along the stands and making their purchases of fish. A great character-study. - from the Edison Catalog
From an overhead angle, the camera shows a view of an outdoor fish market in a New York City street. The camera slowly pans along the street, showing several different sellers dealing with their customers, as well as numerous passers-by on the busy street. Written by
One of the 50 films 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. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress, has a running time of 2 minutes and an added piano music score. See more »
As another reviewer has pointed out, this film stands out from its contemporaries thanks to the unusual angle from which it is shot - at an angle from above the visitors and traders at a fish market - and for the fact that it is a very rare example of an early panning shot. The downside is the fact that the camera's distance from the subject matter and the fact that the film is silent serves to distance the viewer from what is taking place. It's a bit like watching from a room with double-glazed windows. The scene is still reasonably interesting for the glimpse it gives us of a bygone age, but it fails to capture the flavour of the market the way other films of the time that are shot on the street do.
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