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Coney Island at Night (1905)

A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park.

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Time exposure shows us Coney Island at night, from Luna Park to Dreamland. Panning left, brilliant lights come into view, defining a long, narrow strip of rides and attractions. We're up, looking out and down. One ride spins. The sign "Luna Park" comes into view. The pan continues, marking the distance to Dreamland, a larger area with fewer lights: the Steeple Chase and a Ferris wheel are near the back. Then the camera at eye level takes us to close-ups of buildings in Luna Park. Rides spin, pavilions beckon. The camera plans slowly right. It picks one tall structure and pans down and up, ending with a shot of an empty sky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 June 1905 (USA)  »

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beautiful images of dreamland
11 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Porter showcases his innovation of being able to film glowing lights so well in this beautiful and eerie panorama of Coney Island at night. The camera pan from high above the attractions as well as at ground level, showing all the glowing lights from the area. This, apparently, was one of the first films to be able to show such lights so well at nighttime. Add the difficulty of filming at night because of the length of exposure needed to do so, and Porter's short film was quite an achievement for 1905.

My interest, though, really is not in the technical skill on display. I gave this a 5 out of 10 (a high score for most films, in my opinion, in 1905) because of its dazzling display of lights. What can I say? I like shiny things.


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