A fireman rushes into a carriage to rescue a woman from a house fire. Breaks the window glasses and he goes down with the woman. After dangerous and uncertain moments, the fireman save the woman' s son, too.
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »
A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »
In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the scene, and effect the safe rescue of a woman from the burning house. But wait, she tells them of her child yet asleep in the burning bedroom . . .Written by
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The print used on the DVD release ("More Treasures From American Film Archives 1894-1931, Program 1) was copied at 18 frames per second from a 35mm print preserved by MoMA (Musuem Of Modern Art). It in turn is from an unaltered nitrate exhibition print first preserved in 1979. See more »
Apart from the woman's reaction, a rather realistic portrait of firemen at work.
When seen today, "Life of an American Fireman" would seem a bit dull. After all, it's a very early silent film and folks today seem to have little interest in wuch movies. However, historically speaking AND quality-wise, this is a top-notch production!
The film is a fictionalization of firemen responding to a fire, saving potential victims and putting out the blaze. To do this, the filmmakers employ some unusual techniques for the day....edits, the use of indoor sets (at the Edison studio in East Orange, NJ), outdoor sets and location shooting in New York City. It's all put together very well and must have wowed audiences of the day. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, was the acting by the mother in the film...talk about overreacting!!
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