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Панорама с крыши движущегося поезда (1898) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Documentary / Short
Original Title: Panorama pris du0027un train en marche
Director: Georges Méliès
Writers: Georges Méliès
Released: 1898
Duration: 1min
Video type: Movie
Atop a 19th-century coal-fired steam locomotive, filmmaker Georges Méliès' camera records the one-minute phantom ride of a moving train. From a point of view behind the steam engine, the viewer watches the quiet suburban scenery and the bustling cityscape unfold before him, as the streamlined machine passes under bridges and travels through a station.

Reviews: [4]

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    Panorama From Top of a Moving Train (1898)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    aka Panorama pris d'un train en marche

    There's nothing overly special here but the camera is set on top of a train and for a minute we get to see various parts of the town, which it is traveling through. I've seen a lot of films like this and today they seem either strange or worthless but I guess at the time they were released people got a kick out of being able to see this stuff. There are a few bridges that the train travels under and I guess you would call these the best moments of the film. If you're looking for any of that magic from Melies then you'd be best to start somewhere else. This is historically interesting but that's about all.
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    It's hard to understand exactly why Georges Méliès was still occasionally filming documentary shorts by 1898. Back in 1896 it was excusable--after all, Méliès hadn't yet 'discovered' (as some people like to believe) the film edit or any of the special effects you see in later works of his. By 1898, however, he was well aware of why was he still doing things like sticking cameras on trains?

    Part of this could have been he had not yet realized all the stuff he could produce using this simple editing concept. Like others of the time, he was still playing with the invention, trying new things... In this case, the camera is on TOP of the train, not at the front of the locomotive like other Phantom Ride films of the time (a Phantom Ride being a view from on top of a train as shot by the camera). Likely he hadn't yet tried such a gimmick yet. I guess it would take a bit longer for him to realize the potential of the substitution splice.

    This one still retains interest for at least film historians because it's one of the few rare documentary films by the director that still survives today. Many of his earlier, 1896 and 1897 documentaries cease to exist. That said, I don't even know exactly how film historians are able to identify this as being a Méliès short since so many similar movies were made at the time. It's interesting in these regards, but not really your normal Méliès film and something the average person now will want to skip.
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    With the simple mounting of a camera on a train for a minute or so, it would have given the audience a feeling of speed in a cinematic sense. While the results are relatively dull to us, there is a bit of anxiety produced as the train encounters various visuals along the way. Still, it isn't much of a film and probably was put in the memory banks for future use.
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    This short film runs for pretty much exactly one minute and we see the landscape from the top of the train as it keeps moving towards his destination. We see roofs, full houses and here and there it makes its way through under a bridge. It's really only one to watch for train lovers as the only sort of highlights is the constant blowing of steam and some interesting architecture at the side of the street here and there. Trains were a frequent motive, but often they at least had a couple people waving into the camera and their smiling faces made the film. This is not included here though. Rather boring and I can#t recommend it.