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Train go up, train go down.
JoeytheBrit from www.2020-movie-reviews.com
19 November 2009
Robert Paul is a largely forgotten name today, but he was a major
pioneer of British cinema, and was quick to grasp the commercial
potential of cinema in ways that better known pioneers such as William
Friese-Greene were not. He was more of a mechanic than a filmmaker
making, with Birt Acres, his own camera on which to shoot films in
1895, and also Britain's first projector, the Animatograph, with which
to screen them in 1896. Early in the 20th century he had a custom-made
studio built in Muswell Hill.
The Switchback Railway was the forerunner of the roller coaster.
Passengers sit in a small car which trundles up a swooping railway
track then performs a 180' turn at its summit before swooping back down
on a parallel track. As fairground rides go, it's pretty tame, but the
well-dressed kids in this film seem to be enjoying it.
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