Two men practicing fencing. Directed by William Dickson and filmed at Thomas Edison's Laboratories in New Jersey. It was an experimental film to test the new kinetoscope. Originally only a ... See full summary »
The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
This film clocks in at just four seconds and features William K.L. Dickson and William Heise shaking hands.
From what I've read this film was never released to the public and was basically just a test for the camera. Of course it's impossible to judge this like a film of today but there's no question there's something special about watching the footage well over a hundred years after it was made. As a film buff I just love watching this old footage even though there's certainly nothing special about it other than its age and how it would slowly help shape motion pictures into what they would eventually become.
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