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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

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-i kerti jelenet See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Whitley Partners See more »
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Technical Specs

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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Where it all began.
16 February 2006 | by A_RoodeSee all my reviews

If ever there were the case for a ten out of ten rating, this and 'Traffic Crossing the Leeds Bridge' are it. This is the first film ever made -- or at least the earliest film to survive. It is absolutely priceless and has an incalculable value for the history of film. The wonderful thing is that anyone can watch it through the 'Video Clip' link on the IMDb. Very interesting to have a brief glimpse of life 118 years ago. 'Traffic Crossing the Leeds Bridge' is equally fascinating (and brief). There is really no comparison as they both show a brief glimpse of the nineteenth century, but, if forced to choose, I'd say watch that one. Both are tremendous, however, and we're extremely lucky that they've been preserved.


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