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New York, Brooklyn Bridge (1896)

New York, pont de Brooklyn (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Documentary
A stationary camera is set at a curve in the train tracks, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. From the bridge, a four-car streetcar approaches and turns to he viewer's left. As it ... See full summary »

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Alexandre Promio (uncredited)
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A stationary camera is set at a curve in the train tracks, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. From the bridge, a four-car streetcar approaches and turns to he viewer's left. As it passes, a train going toward the bridge passes on the tracks in front. It has four cars as well, with a few passengers aboard. A train engine that is moving backwards follows that train. A man atop a tall ladder works on a light pole. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France

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Movement
9 June 2004 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

One of the pleasures of watching the Lumiere's movies from the 1890s is that they understood composition and the fact that things had to move: no stationary shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, this. Instead, the bridge, only about a decade old then, serves as a backdrop for the constant motion of trains, steam and other items of interest. Even though this film lasts only about ten seconds, the eye is kept busy following events: something Edison's people took a decade to begin to understand.

Compare this with, say the work of James White, or VIEW FROM THE NORTH RIVER: a slow, leisurely, boring examination of docks that do nothing. The secret of how to make an interesting movie was already in hand. It just took a while for anyone else to understand.


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