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Two Fencers (1891)

Shot of two people fencing.
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Shot of two people fencing.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 January 1891 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (surviving Kinescope prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First movie showing the activity of fencing. See more »

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Influenced the very first remake ever
1 February 2018 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

Etienne-Jules Marey is a name many won't really recognize (and indeed, he is one of the lesser-known film pioneers) but this guy was the only other person besides Edison who was making moving pictures in the early 1890s (unless you count Emile Reynaud). I've seen only about five of his films, but apparently it looks like only a couple of secs at a time were as far as he got. This film, an example of his early work, is one that is actually kinda fun. 2 seconds long it shows two unidentified fencers going at each-other.

Okay, I know there's a rumor going around that Georges Méliès's "Card Party" is the very first remake ever in film history, (a remake of the Lumiere's "Partie d'Ecarte") but that is, in truth, nonsense. Edison's "Fencing" is the first remake (one which I've also reviewed). It was made a year later than this, and is slightly different in terms of action. (In that film they just has the fencers clashing swords. Here actual talent is shown and the fencers poke and dodge each-other). I'm not sure if Edison was influenced by this or not. Even if he wasn't this short still remains, by all means, an influence on the first remake in history.


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