The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested in women's clubs and their work and she decided to entertain the Presidents of the ... See full summary »
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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