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Loading a Boiler (1896)
"Embarquement d'une chaudière" (original title)

 -  Short | Documentary  -  1896 (France)
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A stationary camera placed amidships looks toward the round end of a 10- or 12-foot boiler that's been loaded onto the open deck. Three men climb down from atop the boiler and then remove ... See full summary »

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A stationary camera placed amidships looks toward the round end of a 10- or 12-foot boiler that's been loaded onto the open deck. Three men climb down from atop the boiler and then remove their ladder. Four or five other workers tie the boiler down to the deck. Their pace is leisurely. In the background is a busy harbor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Mildly Interesting, If Somewhat Static, Scene
27 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This Lumière footage of a large boiler being loaded onto a ship is mildly interesting, though rather static, especially in comparison with most other Lumière features of the same era. Given the size and scale of the subject matter, though, it may be about as good a job as anyone could have done with the earliest motion picture equipment.

As is the case with a good number of the earliest movies, this covers a sight that many of us would not otherwise see, and for that reason it is rather interesting to see what is involved. The operation looks rather complicated, with several men involved, using ladders and ropes. But the way it is filmed sometimes either cuts off or obscures some of what is going on, so that you sometimes feel as if you are missing some of the action, and not getting quite the whole picture of the process.

Composition was usually one of the notable strengths of the Lumière features, even the very earliest ones, and so this one's flaws around the edges may simply be a result of the difficulty of capturing this particular scene in its entirety. It's still worth seeing, as are all of the Lumière movies, for its historical value and its choice of subject matter.


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