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Carmaux, défournage du coke (1896)

Carmaux is in south-central France, near the Tarn River. As a brick of coke, about four feet high and three feet wide, is gradually pushed out of a smelter into a yard, one worker sprays it... See full summary »
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Carmaux is in south-central France, near the Tarn River. As a brick of coke, about four feet high and three feet wide, is gradually pushed out of a smelter into a yard, one worker sprays it with water from a hose while two workers with long metal rakes wait to spread it out. Other workers buzz in and out of the foreground of the stationary camera. Atop the first level of the brick smelter, workers push full carts of coal along a track. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drawing out the coke
1 March 2005 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Carmaux, Défournage du Coke' is another early single shot created by Lumière. It shows, as we learn from the title of course, a large block of coke drawn out of a mine or something like that. One worker seems to cool the hot coke with some water from a hose while others tear the block to spread the separated pieces.

Like all these early little films it is interesting to watch. They are too short to become boring and realizing that you are watching an event that happened over hundred years ago makes it interesting anyway. With this one it is also fun to spot other little things that happen on-screen.


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