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Coney Island at Night (1905)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 29 June 1905 (USA)
A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park.

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Time exposure shows us Coney Island at night, from Luna Park to Dreamland. Panning left, brilliant lights come into view, defining a long, narrow strip of rides and attractions. We're up, looking out and down. One ride spins. The sign "Luna Park" comes into view. The pan continues, marking the distance to Dreamland, a larger area with fewer lights: the Steeple Chase and a Ferris wheel are near the back. Then the camera at eye level takes us to close-ups of buildings in Luna Park. Rides spin, pavilions beckon. The camera plans slowly right. It picks one tall structure and pans down and up, ending with a shot of an empty sky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not much here besides beautiful lights
15 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

The title of this review is not meant to be negative, but this short documentary from 1905...well, the title says it all. Somehow, Porter managed to make a film camera that could record glowing lights, so he could show the beauty of Coney Island's lights at night. That's what we see for 4 minutes: Panning shots of the place. First a general view, then a tower in dreamland, and finally the interior of Luna Park. It's not really an outstanding movie and there's not much action in frame, but it serves as a good documentary of Coney Island as it was in 1905. Otherwise, not much for the average movie-watcher of today.


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