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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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Adolphe Le Prince ...
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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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An excellent, but flawed, effort
26 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I feel Le Prince made a mistake by trying to set this up as a comedy of manners. It would have worked much better as a melodrama. The garden scene, so dear to the Victorians, only re-enforces the drab faux-drollery that passed for humor amongst a certain subset of the time. It's effectively a cinematic variant of the opera comique" (without the sound, of course) in the sense that it aggressively pursues the goal of glamour over substance, and achieving neither to any great satisfaction. This is especially evident during the denouement because we are operating under the impression that the sequence of events is inconsequential -- a very real danger in comedies of manners. So I can only give it a 9.25 score because the vision was insufficiently realized.


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