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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.
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Credited cast:
Annie Hartley ...
Herself (as Harriet Hartley) (unconfirmed)
Adolphe Le Prince ...
Joseph Whitley ...
Sarah Whitley ...


The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888. It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince's son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince's mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The 'actors' are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera. It lasts for less than 2 seconds and includes 24 frames. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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14 October 1888 (USA)  »

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Roundhay-i kerti jelenet  »

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(Original length 4.33 seconds, 52 frames at 12fps)

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The earliest surviving film, a 2 1/8 inch wide paper roll, filmed at 10-12 frames per second. As of 2010, only photographic copies of parts of the paper filmstrip still remain. See more »


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The ultimate retro movie!
14 April 2006 | by (El Paso!) – See all my reviews

Oh my God! It's Attack of the 80's all over again... the 1880's!! This smashing blockbuster was not only the absolute first of its time, it stands well on its own as an epic mystery story. The questions this movie raises are plenty:

1) Who is the woman in the funny hat? Why does she turn away from the camera? Is there some dark secret she is desperately trying to hide?

2) Why is the man to the left so eager to leave? Afraid that the camera will make evidence of a murder eternal?

OK, so maybe two questions may not count as plenty in today's plot twist-jaded audience, but still it is quite an amazing feat for a two seconds long film to leave you feeling both dazed and confused, left wanting for more, yet afraid of what horrible truths you might find and wondering if the truth can really live up to your imagination.

Roundhay Garden Scene is a masterwork, right up there with "Leeds Bridge" and "Train Pulling Into Bombay Station". Recommended for all ages! 10/10


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