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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

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In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

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A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince
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Harriet Hartley ...
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Adolphe Le Prince ...
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Joseph Whitley ...
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Sarah Whitley ...
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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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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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15 September 2011 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

This Film Without Doubt Is Probably One Of The Most Historical Films Ever Made Purely On The Grounds That It Is The Oldest Film Ever Made. The Simple Fact That Its 2 Seconds Long Makes It One Of The Most Watchable Movies Ever Made, If You Hate It Its All Over In A Second. I Am Also A Fan Of LePrince's Other Film Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge However I Don't Like His Accordion Player Film Because Of Its Poor Picture Quality (It Looks As If Someone Had Put Sandpaper Over The Lense Whereas This Film Had A Much Clearer Picture Quality). Some People Talk About What The Movie Would've Been Like If It Was Longer But In My Opinion 2 Seconds Is Enough On The Grounds Of The History (Whatever You Do Don't Blink In This Movie Otherwise You'll Miss The Whole Thing).

PS I Haven't Talked About The Quality Because As I Emphasised Its Just 2 Seconds Long.


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