Monday, April 4, 2011

Two Line Reviews - #208

Short Movie: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Plot: A group of bandits attack a control station master and make an oncoming train stop at a desired signal; They board the train there and loot money from passengers and ride off. They are chased by public and then there's a gun-fest!

  • It is a 'silent film' with no sound effects ;no music; no dialogues!
  • This  Edwin Porter film is considered a milestone for all the right things; Such a terrific film shot outdoors brilliantly with crisp editing must have been special as it would have been unheard of before 1903!
  • The sequence where the passengers are asked to get off the train & the shooting scene are nicely shot.
A Path-breaking film that probably led a revolution in movie making!

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