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Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896)

Autruches (original title)
Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit, two mules pull a large cart full of children, ... See full summary »
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Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit, two mules pull a large cart full of children, two horses pass with children astride, a camel follows with two children atop; last comes a large elephant with children on top and a small elephant alongside. Each animal, except the baby elephant, is decked out and each is attended by at least one man. The children are all in hats and frills. After the animals pass, we see adults out for a walk, the women with parasols and the men with silk hats. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Filming a parade
4 March 2005 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Autruches', also known as 'Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens' for English-speaking people, is a strange title. I only counted one ostrich, a lot of horses with a lot of people, two elephants and a camel. Most of the animals have people on them, the ostrich pulls a cart with girls in it.

The title is strange, but of course that is the least interesting here. This is another one of those early films created by one of Lumière's workers and, like all others, it has some interesting things. The fact that it is as old as it is, and being part of very early history of cinema, makes it worth watching for me. Not that a lot is happening on the screen, but for only fifty seconds I can not be bored.


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