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A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.'s Biscuit Works (1906)

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A look at typical activities taking place in the Peek Frean factory: First, the workers get up steam, as supplies of milk and flour arrive. Sheets of dough are rolled, then cut, shaped, and... See full summary »

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A look at typical activities taking place in the Peek Frean factory: First, the workers get up steam, as supplies of milk and flour arrive. Sheets of dough are rolled, then cut, shaped, and readied for baking. The camera then continues to show further events throughout the work day. Written by Snow Leopard

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Very Good Photography; Makes a Bland Subject More Interesting
6 May 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The photography in this early documentary is pretty impressive, and it is a big reason why this short film makes a bland subject (making biscuits in a factory) seem interesting enough to watch. As with so many films that are this old, it's also interesting to see how they approach a subject without having any standard pattern to follow.

Just the fact that they were able to take such clear, well-chosen pictures inside a building not designed for the purpose is noteworthy - it must have been a big job just to get the proper lighting and equipment set up. The photography itself would be very good in any event - most of the shots are set up very nicely, and there is also plenty of panning as it follows the work in progress.

For the most part, the film simply follows the process of making biscuits, without too many surprises, and it is noticeable that most of the workers just carry on normally, almost as if there were no camera. The filming does catch a couple of unexpected developments, and from time to time you can also see one of the workers who is particularly curious about the unfamiliar camera. One man, in particular, seems almost mesmerized, and has a rather goofy look on his face. It makes an interesting comparison with the ways that most persons normally react to cameras in our own experience. Overall, this seemingly bland-looking feature is worth watching for a number of reasons.


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