5 user 1 critic

American Falls from Above, American Side (1896)

The camera shows a view of the American Falls and Goat Island.






From a vantage point a little above Niagara Falls, the camera shows a view of the American Falls, with Goat Island in the background. In the foreground, two men watch the falls from an observation point, while a third man is busy setting up a camera. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

niagara falls | See All (1) »


Documentary | Short


Not Rated



Release Date:

12 December 1896 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Short
31 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

American Falls from Above, American Style (1896)

*** (out of 4)

Edison short was one of many that they did centered around Niagra Falls, which was a very popular subject back in the early days of cinema. It's hard to imagine what it would have been like, walking into a movie for the first time, and seeing something like the falls and on that level this short remains fairly interesting after all these years. We see the falls from the American side and also get to witness three people standing on an observation deck and their frantic hand gestures makes you think they're having a wonderful time. The camera angle looking at the falls is a very good one and it is interesting to compare this to the footage shot by the Lumiere brothers a few years later.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed