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A Subject for the Rogue's Gallery (1904)

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USA

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February 1904 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The Moving Camera Writes
3 November 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A.E. Weed's career as a Director of Photography for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company did not last long, but he was solid and innovative, like his compeer, the better remembered Billy Bitzer. In this one, we have a tracking shot, starting from a long distance into a close up as policemen restrain a woman for her mug shot -- and she does some mugging to enliven the piece.

Biograph's cameramen were experimenting at this point in order to spice up their shows -- Weed would spend most of the remainder of his career shooting short actualities of local interest, like schools in Missouri. His work here would evolve eventually into the grammar of cinema, but at this point, it was not the method, but the point of the piece.


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