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Director Edwin S. Porter made film history when he completed the 13 sequences for the 12-minute The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903 but based on an 1896 story by Scott Marble. Featuring the first parallel development of separate, simultaneous scenes, and the first close-up (of an outlaw firing off a shot right at the audience), The Great Train Robbery is among the earliest narrative films with a "Western" setting. The opening scenes show the outlaws holding up the passengers and robbing the mail car in the ...
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Overview

Director Edwin S. Porter made film history when he completed the 13 sequences for the 12-minute The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903 but based on an 1896 story by Scott Marble. Featuring the first parallel development of separate, simultaneous scenes, and the first close-up (of an outlaw firing off a shot right at the audience), The Great Train Robbery is among the earliest narrative films with a "Western" setting. The opening scenes show the outlaws holding up the passengers and robbing the mail car in the train, before escaping on horseback. After being knocked out by the bandits, the telegraph operator regains consciousness and heads to the dance hall to get a posse together. The posse takes off to hunt down the outlaws and the chase is on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • UPC: 738329023621
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,903

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Side #1 -- Vol. 1: The Great Train Robbery and Other Primary Works
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      Series Photography, 1880s
      Edison Shorts, 1894-97
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         The Kiss
         Serpentine Dances
         Sandow
         Glenroy Brothers
         Cockfight
         The Barber Shop
         Feeding the Doves
         Seminary Girls
      Auguste & Louis Lumière, 1895-96
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         Swimming in the Sea
         Children Digging for Clams
         Loading a Boiler
         Dragoons Crossing the Sâone
         Promenade of Ostriches
         Childish Quarrel
         Lion, London Zoo
         Photograph
         Transformation by Hats
         Carmaux: Drawing Out Coke
         Poultry-Yard
         Arab Cortege, Geneva
         New York: Brooklyn Bridge
         New York: Broadway
         Policeman's Parade: Chicago
      A Trip to the Moon, 1902
      Actualities
         Play All Actualities
         McKinley at Home
         Pack Train on Chilkoot Pass
         Skyscrapers of New York
         The Georgetown Loop
         San Francisco: Aftermath
         The Dog and His Various Merits
         Moscow Clad in Snow
         Airplane Flight and Wreck
      The Dog & His Various Merits, 1908
      Moscow Clad in Snow, 1908
      Airplane Flight & Wreck, 1910
      Biograph "Blue" Films, 1903-05
         Play All "Blue" Movies
         A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre
         Airy Fairy Lillian Tries on Her New Corsets
         From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen
         Troubles of a Manager of a Burlesque Show
      The Great Train Robbery, 1903
      The Whole Dam Family, 1905
      The Golden Beetle, 1907
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      Program Notes by Film Historian Charles Musser
         Series Photography
         The Edison Mfg. Co.
         Auguste and Louis Lumière
         A Trip to the Moon
         Actualities
         Biograph "Blue" Movies
         The Great Train Robbery
         The Whole Dam Family...
         The Golden Beetle
      DVD Production Credits
Side #2 -- Vol. 2: The European Pioneers
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      Auguste and Louis Lumière
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         Leaving the Factory
         The Baby's Meal
         Demolition of a Wall
         The Sprinkler Sprinkled
         Arrival of Congress
         Arrival of a Train
         Card Party
         Boat Leaving the Port
         Leaving Jerusalem
         Snowball Fight
         A Fire Run (Lyons)
         Niagara Falls
         Spanish Bullfight
      Birt Acres
      R. W. Paul
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         Come Along Do!
         The Derby
         The Countryman and the Cinematograph
         A Chess Dispute
         Extraordinary Cab Accident
         Buy Your Own Cherries
         The (?) Motorist
      George Albert Smith
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         The Miller and the Sweep
         The Kiss in the Tunnel
         Let Me Dream Again
         Grandma's Reading Glass
         As Seen Through a Telescope
         Sick Kitten
         Mary Jane's Mishap
      Sheffield Photo Co.
      Haggar and Sons
      Bamforth and Co.
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         The Kiss in the Tunnel
         Ladies' Skirts Nailed to a Fence
         The Biter Bit
         Rough Sea
      James Williamson
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         Attack on a China Mission
         The Big Swallow
         Stop Thief!
         Fire!
         An Interesting Story
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      Program Notes by Film Historian Charles Musser
         Begin Essays
         August and Louis Lumière
         Birt Acres
         R. W. Paul
         George Albert Smith
         Sheffield Photographic Co.
         Haggar and Sons
         Bamforth & Co.
         Williamson's Kinematography Co.
      DVD Production Credits
Side #3 -- Vol. 3: Experimentation and Discovery
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      Hepworth Mfg. Co.
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         How It Feels to Be Run Over
         Explosion of a Motor Car
         Rescued by Rover
         The Other Side of the Hedge
         That Fatal Sneeze
      Cricks and Martin
      Kineto Prod. Co.
      Pathé Frères
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         Par le Trou de Serrue
         Histoire d'un Crime
         Ali Baba et les Quarante Voleurs
         Reve et Réalité
         La Révolution en Russe
         Aladin ou la Lampe Merveilleuse
         Le Cheval Emballé
         A Narrow Escape
         Magic Bricks
      Story of a Crime, 1901
      Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, 1902
      Edison Mfg. Co.
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         Dewar's - It's Scotch
         The Gay Shoe Clerk
         Dream of a Rarebit Fiend
      Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, 1906
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      Program Notes by Film Historian Charles Musser
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         Hepworth Mfg. Co.
         Cricks and Martin
         Kineto Prod. Co.
         Pathé Frères
         International Film Co.
         Edison Mfg. Co.
      DVD Production Credits
Side #4 -- Vol. 4: The Magic of Méliès
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      The Untamable Whiskers, 1904
      The Cook in Trouble, 1904
      Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer, 1904
      The Wonderful Living Fan, 1904
      The Mermaid, 1904
      The Living Playing Cards, 1905
      The Black Imp, 1905
      The Enchanted Sedan Chair, 1905
      The Scheming Gamblers Paradise, 1906
      The Hilarious Posters, 1907
      The Mysterious Retort, 1906
      The Eclipse, 1907
      Good Glue Sticks, 1907
      Long Distance Wireless Photography, 1908
      The Impossible Voyage, 1904
      Georges Méliès: Cinema Magician, 1978
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      Program Notes by Film Historian Charles Musser
         Begin Essays
         The Untamable Whiskers
         The Cook in Trouble
         Tchin-Chao
         The Wonderful Living Fan
         The Mermaid
         The Living Playing Cards
         The Black Imp
         The Enchanted Sedan Chair
         The Scheming Gamblers...
         The Hilarious Posters
         The Mysterious Retort
         The Eclipse
         Good Glue Sticks
         Long Distance Wireless...
         Impossible Voyage
      DVD Production Credits
Side #5 -- Vol. 5: Comedy, Spectacle and New Horizons
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      The Policemen's Little Run, 1907
      Troubles of a Grass Widower, 1908
      Nero, or the Fall of Rome, 1909
      Onésime, Clock-Maker, 1912
      Winsor McCay, 1911
      Making an American Citizen, 1912
      The Girl and Her Trust, 1912
      The Bangville Police, 1913
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      Program Notes by Film Historian Charles Musser
         Begin Essay
         The Policemen's Little Run
         Troubles of a Grass Widower
         Nero, or the Fall of Rome
         Onésime, Clock-Maker
         Winsor McCay and His Animated Pictures
         Making an American Citizen
         The Girl and Her Trust
         The Bangville Police
      DVD Production Credits
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