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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 14 October 1888 (UK)
In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Annie Hartley Annie Hartley ... Herself (as Harriet Hartley) (unconfirmed)
Adolphe Le Prince Adolphe Le Prince ... Himself
Joseph Whitley Joseph Whitley ... Himself
Sarah Whitley Sarah Whitley ... Herself
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The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888. It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince's son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince's mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The 'actors' are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera. It lasts for less than 2 seconds and includes 24 frames. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Documentary | Short

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Release Date:

14 October 1888 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Roundhay Garden Scene See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Whitley Partners See more »
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Runtime:

(Original length 4.33 seconds, 52 frames at 12fps)

Sound Mix:

Silent
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The earliest surviving film, a 2 1/8 inch wide paper roll, filmed at 10-12 frames per second. As of 2010, only photographic copies of parts of the paper filmstrip still remain. See more »

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Referenced in American Pickers: Fill'er Up (2010) See more »

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A flawless short film
11 July 2013 | by DirectionWrittenSee all my reviews

There is nothing wrong with this very short short film. The reason it's flawless is because it has a runtime of like 2 seconds. Exactly 2 seconds. But hey, at least you won't be bored while you are watching it. This short film rightfully deserves itself a 10/10 for it's quality and because it is one of the first short films/films ever made that helped the movie industry get started. It's definitely worth a watch.

If you are busy doing something and you think that you won't have time to watch it, trust me. It will be over before you know it. This short film is simply a must see to all movie buffs that enjoy watching old works of art and that would like to see how the film industry began.


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