The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery - (ART-22FA1 The American Cinema...

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(ART-223374-01-08FA1) The American Cinema The Great Train Robbery (1903), a Western directed by Edwin S. Porter, has been studied and appreciated for decades. It is a primitive black and white film that is approximately 10 minutes long and contains only 14-scenes. Certain version of the film use color tainting on some scenes for effect. This is a method done by hand. This film can be appreciated on so many levels. In this film we can find cinematic techniques such as parallel editing, minor camera movement, less stage-bound camera placement and location shooting. Not only is it innovative, but imagine being from this era and watching this new technology at a festival or carnival. The public was marveled and drawn to the short film. It is said that the extra scene with the bandit chief pointing the gun directly at the camera startled many initially. After numerous reviews, we can notice some inconsistencies with location. For example, the scene before the passengers are removed from the train shows a tall fence-like figure on the right side of the train. In the subsequent
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2010 for the course ART 223374 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Empire State.

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