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Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | | Short | 9 May 1893 (USA)
Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

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William K.L. Dickson (uncredited)
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Uncredited cast:
Charles Kayser ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
John Ott ... Assistant (uncredited)
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A stationary camera looks at a large anvil with a blacksmith behind it and one on either side. The smith in the middle draws a heated metal rod from the fire, places it on the anvil, and all three begin a rhythmic hammering. After several blows, the metal goes back in the fire. One smith pulls out a bottle of beer, and they each take a swig. Then, out comes the glowing metal and the hammering resumes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 May 1893 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blacksmith Scene #1 See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This along with William K.L. Dickson's Rip Van Winkle film series were the first films from the 19th century to be preserved at the National Film Registry. See more »

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Remarkable example of moving picture technology
18 October 2000 | by dfarmbroughSee all my reviews

The two men hammering away at nondescript pieces of metal is a remarkable way of demonstrating the then new art of cinematography. The prints we see today have suffered from indifferent duplication, years of neglect, and lackadaisical 'restoration' and must be viewed in this context. There is an unwillingness to adjust the speed of these films in video transfers which beggars belief, so the speed will also appear unreasonably slow. Nevertheless this is a good way of demonstrating how tonal contrast, the fluidity of movement of the human body, and the interaction of two men with one another can be captured by a mechanical device. If anyone can tell me what the man on the left is making, I should be most grateful


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