The Great Train Robbery

21 Feb


The Great Train Robbery was released in 1903, and is considered the first true feature film, and the first narrative. It tells the story of a group of bandits who attempt to rob a train. While there are very many scenes, the camera never moves, like most other movies of the time. Instead, the actors always appear in front of the camera, at the same angle. The film is, of course, black and white, but some scenes were hand colored, allowing for things like a little girl’s red dress, which was unheard of at the time. With no other examples to work from, the Great Train Robbery does an excellent job of telling a full story with no sound. The entire film is very easily understood, and one of the more entertaining of the films we’ve watched.


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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Pre-1920


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