A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village. As streetcars pass with rapid regularity, two police officers make sure ...
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A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village. As streetcars pass with rapid regularity, two police officers make sure that pedestrians who are crossing the street do so safely. Horse-drawn carriages pass as well. The men wear hats and ties; the lads wear caps; the women are in long skirts.Written by
The title of this Lumiere Brothers film pretty much tells you everything that you need to know. The camera is stationed on the street of the title and we see the action that is going on. There's obviously nothing ground-breaking about this movie but at the same time it's quite fascinating getting to see what New York City was like on a busy day in 1896. The camera stays in place as you'd expect but there's quite a bit to look at as people come walking by. At the street corner there's a policeman directing traffic as people walk across the street. There are also several automobiles that you can see. Being able to see the street as it was in 1896 is what makes this film so entertaining. Obviously there's no plot or anything like that but this is an entertaining actuality film.
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