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Children Digging for Clams (1896)

Enfants pêchant des crevettes (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Documentary | 1896 (France)
One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give ... See full summary »
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One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give advice. The boys are in short pants; the girls have pulled up their skirts and petticoats and stuck in their sashes. Not a clam is to be seen, although one lass checks her net a couple of times. The children's outfits (trim hats on each child and lace on each girl) suggest wealth and high society. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Lumiere slice-of-life film
17 March 2003 | by James M. HaughSee all my reviews

Louis Lumiere seemed to have an innate sense of style when composing his Cinematograph shots; but that sense seems to have failed him here.

Just as he begins cranking, to film children clamming on the beach, a man in the background (possible his brother Auguste) cues a donkey cart - on the left of the screen, loaded with children, and accompanied by adults - to start up and pass in the background as it exits to the right. The children with some deference to the camera continue clamming until the film runs out. Not one of Louis' best.


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