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Dragoons Crossing the Sâone (1896)
"Dragons traversant la Saône à la nage" (original title)

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A stationary camera looks across Burgundy's River Sâone toward a small military encampment. Four horsemen enter the water in the foreground, each riding his horse as it swims across toward ... See full summary »

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A stationary camera looks across Burgundy's River Sâone toward a small military encampment. Four horsemen enter the water in the foreground, each riding his horse as it swims across toward camp or leading it by the bridle as they swim. The men are shirtless. When they reach the middle of the river, seven more shirtless young men, each with a horse, start the crossing. Most begin astride their mount, but end up swimming alongside. Across the river, men stand in front of a large tent to watch and talk. Three officers on a makeshift pier talk to each other and ignore the young men's crossing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dragoons Cossing the Saone
26 July 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dragons traversant la Saône à la nage (1896)

This Lumiere film runs just under a minute and shows us various horses crossing a river. If you're looking for some sort of plot or action then you've obviously never seen a movie from this era. This film is mainly going to appeal to those who enjoy watching these early films as there's some nice camera-work here and for the most part it's entertaining enough in its own way. I think the most fascinating thing when watching these movies is that it at least gives you a good idea of certain things from 1896. I always enjoy watching these films just to see what people were really wearing during this time.


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