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The Melbourne Cup (1896)

This film documents the 1896 Melbourne Cup horse race including footage of the crowd watching the race.

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Henry Walter Barnett ... (as Walter Barnett)
Lord Brassey
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This film documents the 1896 Melbourne Cup horse race including footage of the crowd watching the race.

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24 November 1896 (Australia)  »

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Widely regarded as Australia's first ever film, footage of The Melbourne Cup horse race in 1896. See more »

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Another First
5 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Reputed to be the first film shot in Australia by Australians, THE MELBOURNE cup is a pretty sophisticated movie for 1896. It consists of three separate scenes: in the first, by the grandstand, in which everyone peers curiously at the camera; in the second, by the paddock, in which peoples' attention is split between the camera and the horse; and, in the third, at the rail, where everyone watches the horses running, except for one man in a straw boater who watches the camera for a bit. To me he looks like Snub Pollard, well-groomed for a social event, but that's probably due more to the boater and any sort of mustache, rather than reality.

Quite apparently, there was a lot more mixing of social classes at the Melbourne Cup than at the events that English movie makers were filming about this time.


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