A stationary camera looks down several sets of tracks; workmen are on either side. A train comes into view: engine, with engineer leaning out, coal car, and four passenger cars. In the ... See full summary »
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A stationary camera looks down several sets of tracks; workmen are on either side. A train comes into view: engine, with engineer leaning out, coal car, and four passenger cars. In the upper left of the frame, the moon shines next to a few clouds. The rest of the sky is dark. The train sweeps by. Someone waves from between a couple of the cars. The look is spectral, because we're seeing a print of the negative. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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January 1901 (USA)  »

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Empire State Express  »

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Unseen Cinema D1
13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ghost Train, The (1903)

*** (out of 4)

Special effects film with a train double exposed on the negative to give a ghosting image. I'm sure this was something special back in the day but it's pretty weak today.

Down the Hudson (1903)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Technically terrific little film where the directors take a trip down the Hudson but use a higher frame rate to make the film seem almost like 3-D. If you get sea sick I'd guess this film will also make you sick because it does that great of a job of making you feel you're on a boat.

Captain Nissen Going Through Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls (1901)

*** (out of 4)

Made up story of a captain going down Niagara Falls just as the title says. An unknown director from Edison Studios made this and this too is a big leap over the normal for its ear. The camera races down the side of the falls getting some great shots.

Westinghouse Works, Panoramic View St. Car Motor Room (1904)

*** (out of four)

G.W. Bitzer film takes place in a motor room where the camera glides through the air from the front to the back showing us everything that goes on. This is a very neat looking film from Bitzer who would go onto become the cinematographer for D.W. Griffith.


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