A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »
A long line of nurses pushing carts with their babies enter from the far right, cross a garden in front of the large nursery home, and leave by the close left to the camera. A few toddlers ... See full summary »
Was the train really pulling into the station when this was shot?
I really am not sure. The train appears to still have a long ways to go by the time the short ends. It doesn't seem like it's slowing down or anything. I suppose maybe it was close enough to the station that the Lumiere Bros thought they could get away with it. In any case, this Lumiere feature is different. The camera is not stationary, it moves!!! Okay, big deal, because it was on a train (look at the title) and Alexandre Promio had already shot the world's first moving shot in Venice on a gondola, but it's still remarkable for 1896. It's mainly just about capturing the surrounding scenery as it was at the time, so historians will find it worthwhile for that alone. Seeing buildings as they were in 1896 is a privilege, so be entertained by these 40 seconds.
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