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The Derby (1896)

The Derby is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's Kinetoscopes, featuring the end of the 29 ... See full summary »

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The Derby is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's Kinetoscopes, featuring the end of the 29 May 1895 Epsom Derby viewed from a raised position close to the finishing line with the main stand in the distance. A stationary camera looks diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield showing the horses as they pass. Once the horses have passed the camera it is clear that the race has come to an end and there is a close finish between three horses. Once the race is over police officers run onto the field. The camera also displays various members of the audience moving around. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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The film was long considered lost but footage discovered in the Ray Henville collection in 1995 has been identified by the BFI as being from this film. See more »

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Derby Day
28 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film is perhaps only an existing fragment of a longer version because everything seems to be over when we - in Steve Ryder-speak - join the action. We see a handful of horses cantering past the camera's vantage point in the first half of the film and it's clear that the race has actually been run and all we are watching is the horses slowing down after passing the winning post. As soon as they've past the crowd swarm onto the race track for some reason, as if they everybody want to be on the side that they're not on and therein may lie a great philosophical statement on the part of the filmmakers... or maybe not. The film's grainy and there's not a lot to see, but it has historical significance as one of the earliest extant British films and an example of the brief and ill-fated collaboration between British pioneers R. W. Paul and Birt Acres.


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