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Film taken from a boat heading down the Hudson is shown at varying speeds, often giving a sense of rapid transit. We see empty hills sweeping by, then a steamboat passes. A few houses appear in woods along the river's bank. The camera goes around a curve in the river; a train track is visible at the water's edge. The occasional sign of industrialization appears, then a working rail yard. Around another bend are more steamboats, a three-masted sailboat, and barges. In the distance, a train heads south. After awhile, we reach a city. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A cruise down the river
4 May 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This one's pretty good. What could have been quite an ordinary travelogue-type film is transformed into something quite unique by the occasional speeding up of the film - a simple idea that helps the film stand out. It looks like the kind of film the Old Grey Whistle Test would have used as a video for some progressive rock track back in the 70s. That said, the film will probably only be of interest to those with an interest in film history or the countryside at the turn of the 30th century. There's plenty of views of the river bank, some of it quite dull, other parts - such as the slow pass of an old paddle boat steamer - quite interesting.


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