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Morro Castle, Havana Harbor (1898)

"A most excellent picture of the grim old fortress which stands at the entrance of Havana Harbor. The high ramparts and lofty battlements look very formidable. Parts of the stronghold date ... See full summary »
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"A most excellent picture of the grim old fortress which stands at the entrance of Havana Harbor. The high ramparts and lofty battlements look very formidable. Parts of the stronghold date back to the seventeenth century. While the yacht from which the picture is taken sails around the promontory, an excellent view is afforded of the entire fortress. Waves are seen dashing up against the rocks at the foot of abutments. The lighthouse and sentry-box are so near that the guard is plainly seen pacing up and down. The photograph is excellent; and in view of a probable bombardment, when the old-fashioned masonry will melt away like butter under the fire of 13-inch guns, the view is of historic value." Written by Edison Catalog (1898)

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USA

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20 May 1898 (USA) See more »

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Panoramic View, Showing Entrance to Havana Harbor and Morro Castle See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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Silent
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Great Look at the Castle
31 December 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Morro Castle, Havana Harbor (1898)

This Edison picture takes us to where the title is advertising. This here was made as part of Edison's "war extra" and will certainly be of interest to history buffs. The film lasts just 49-seconds and gives us a panoramic view of the old-fashioned castle, which looks rather amazing. Thankfully the print quality is very high and the cinematography is nice so that we can get a great look. The cinematography here is perhaps the most impressive thing because quite often with films shot on water the camera just bounces around. I'm not sure what they did here but the camera stays in focus and quite steady as the boat they're shooting from goes around the castle. History buffs wanting to take a look at this castle are going to get a great view of it.


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