The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
Apparently this is the work of Etienne-Jules Marey, a french scientist who did not film to many shorts but but made the first film featuring a cat. The title tells us what to expect: the short features a white cat falling down from the top of the picture, to the cushion at the bottom. The cat falls and lands very gracefully, making this an experimental art film. It's a pleasure to watch the cat fall through the air and land, and being only 3 seconds long it's one of those shorts that has become timeless.
As a fan of early cinema I just had to review this one sometime. This cat may have died over a hundred years ago, but he or she still lives in this short and graceful feature, remaining (possibly) the first cat to be captured on film!
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