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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.




Credited cast:
Annie Hartley Annie Hartley ... Self (as Harriet Hartley) (unconfirmed)
Adolphe Le Prince Adolphe Le Prince ... Self
Joseph Whitley Joseph Whitley ... Self
Sarah Whitley Sarah Whitley ... Self


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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The first ever movie!
20 December 2005 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

No plot. No sound. No credits. But it was the first ever moving picture and it was directed by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, a man who's dad was pals with the earliest of photographers.

The film simply involves Le Prince's family standing in the garden of a large Victorian house, moving around each other in circles. They had to do something I guess. Mad isn't it, the first ever film and it's just people doing the first crazy thing that comes to their head.

It's weird watching this 120-year-old film and seeing a more vivid look at life in those days. Le Prince disappeared of the face of the earth in 1890 and his vanishing was never solved. He never knew how much of a pioneer he was.

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

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