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Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896)

Autruches (original title)
Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit, two mules pull a large cart full of children, ... See full summary »
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Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit, two mules pull a large cart full of children, two horses pass with children astride, a camel follows with two children atop; last comes a large elephant with children on top and a small elephant alongside. Each animal, except the baby elephant, is decked out and each is attended by at least one man. The children are all in hats and frills. After the animals pass, we see adults out for a walk, the women with parasols and the men with silk hats. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1896 (France) See more »

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Ostriches See more »

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Interesting Parade Footage
10 March 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

It's fortunate that this feature has been preserved, so that we can see this unusual and very interesting parade of animals. The photography is very good, and it catches a background in a park that looks very pleasant.

The ostrich gets the title role, and why not, since ostriches are unusual and attention-grabbing birds, and enjoyable to look at. But the parade also includes several other kinds of animals, domestic and exotic. While not particularly elaborate, it's undeniably interesting. Besides the nice background, the riders, some of whom are children, add to the interest of the footage.

It's nothing fancy, to be sure, but it has good cinematography, and the footage is interesting and worth seeing.


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