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Mosquinha (1890)

Shot of the flight of a fly.
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Shot of the flight of a fly.

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Of historical importance but lacking in substance
15 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Étienne-Jules Marey's first "film" presents the flight of a fly in a sort of animated mode way back when films and animation experiments were in the early stages of development. Marey was a physiologist and physician who studied birds and their flights or similar things, so his film only deserves important and historical credits for being one of the first film experiences ever made. Outside of this box, the film doesn't contain nothing much memorable. It only last six seconds and you see it as a shadow-like fly moving upwards from one point to the other and that's it.

And I wonder: Why the original title comes from a Portuguese term for little fly instead of Petite Mouche?

Gets a thumbs up from me because it survived the test time and hasn't disappeared from view, which is rare accomplishment when it comes to pioneer films. 6/10


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