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Balaxanida neft fontani (1898)

In the oil factory fire occurs near the village of Balakhani.


Alexandre Michon (as Aleksandr Mison)


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In the oil factory fire occurs near the village of Balakhani.

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Russia | Azerbaijan

Release Date:

6 August 1898 (Azerbaijan) See more »

Also Known As:

Puits de pétrole à Bakou. Vue de près. See more »

Filming Locations:

Baku, Azerbaijan

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Distributed in France by Lumière under the title "Puits de pétrole à Bakou. Vue d'ensemble". (Lumière catalogue no. 1034.) See more »

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12 May 2016 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Remember that scene from There Will be Blood when the oil derrick finally, truly pays off and starts gushing oil... and then starts to turn into a blazing fire that lasts all day and all night? It's one of those sights that's made for cinema, but well over 100 years before Anderson did it there was this little 1 minute piece where a Russian filmed an actual derrick fire. There's not much else to it than that, it's all in one shot, but I found myself watching it more than once. It seems like some sort of special effect but it isn't; it's right there before our eyes and it has a hypnotic quality about it. I'd even go so far as to call it artistic just by how the image is split between the fire and the smoke, each taking up a massively satisfying composition.

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