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  Silver Screen Heroes - Movie Changed Course Of Industry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Movies were struggling out of the penny arcade era at the time.
Robbery delivered, becoming the first surefire movie attraction and remaining the most successful film for more than a decade until D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" was released in 1915.
A movie was fifty feet long or so (that's how they sold them, by the foot), and one might just be four minutes of people walking into a store and buying fruit.
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 Great Train Robbery, The (1903) - Screenplays for You - free movie scripts and screenplays
The train comes to a standstill (seen through window of office); the conductor comes to the window, and the frightened operator delivers the order while the bandits crouch out of sight, at the same time keeping him covered with their revolvers.
The bandits are hiding behind the tank as the train, under the false order, stops to take water.
The engineer leaves the locomotive, uncouples it from the train, and pulls ahead about 100 feet while the robbers hold their pistols to his face.
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 The Great Train Robbery (1903 movie) biography .ms (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The scenes with the gun pointing at the audience and the train rushing towards the audience had audiences at the time screaming in fear, then laughing in relief.
The movie was directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter, a former Thomas Edison cameraman.
The Great Train Robbery of 1963 was a real-life event unrelated to either film.
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 Edison Motion Picture and Sound Recordings
Filmed in November 1903 at Edison's New York studio, at Essex County Park in New Jersey, and along the Lackawanna railroad.
Two masked robbers enter and compel the operator to set the `signal block' to stop the approaching train, also making him write a fictitious order to the engineer to take water at this station....
This thrilling scene was taken from the mail car showing the tender and interior of locomotive cab, while the train is running forty miles an hour....
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 The Great Train Robbery (1903)
And the spectacle of the fireman (replaced by a dummy with a jump cut in scene four) being thrown off the moving train was a first in screen history.
The desperadoes stealthily sneak on board the train (between the tender, the car attached to the steam locomotive that carries fuel and water, and the express mail car) just before it pulls away.
The train passengers are forced to leave the coaches.
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 The First Fifty Years of American Cinema
For instance, in his 1903 film The Life of an American Fireman, Porter cut between the interior and exterior of a burning house to increase the tension and tell the simultaneous story of the fireman and the people trapped inside.
His great talent was to glean the emotional center of a story and then use all the tools of filmmaking to highlight that nucleus.
As movie artistry evolved through the contributions of Griffith and other early filmmakers, the business end of the industry was also maturing.
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 The Films of Edwin S. Porter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Porter's The Great Train Robbery (1903) is often thought of as a film that launched the Western genre.
The Great Train Robbery reminds one of Louis Feuillade's subsequent work in the thriller genre.
The scene where the robbers assemble the passengers from the train and rob them of their valuables anticipates Chapter 5 of Les Vampires, where the party goers are systematically robbed as a group.
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 Film Story
Exterior shot of the train as the bandits force the passengers to line up along the tracks and surrender their valuables; one passenger attempts to escape, runs directly into the camera lens, and is shot in the back.
He was unquestionably the seminal genius of the narrative cinema and its first great visionary artist, but he was also a provincial southern romantic with pretensions to high literary culture and a penchant for sentimentality and melodrama that would have embarrassed Dickens.
Griffith was the film's first great technical master and its first legitimate poet, but he was also a muddleheaded racial bigot, incapable of abstract thought, who quite literally saw all of human history in the fl-and-white terms of nineteenth-century melodrama.
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 Films Page
A great way to learn about the history of the transcontinental railroad is through film.
During busy times the movies are shown on a schedule, but most of the time we allow visitors to make requests so they can watch the film they are most interested in.
The movie chronicles the "rebirth" of these locomotives from their first drawings to their delivery at Promontory in 1979.
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 The Great Train Robbery (1903 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The film was originally distributed with a note saying that the famous shot of the bandit firing his gun at the camera could be placed either at the beginning or at the end of the film, or both.
Edison also made a parody of The Great Train Robbery (The Little Train Robbery (1905)) with an all-child cast in which a larger gang of bandits holds up a mini train and steal their dolls and candy.
The Great Train Robbery at the TCM Movie Database
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 Uncle Tom at the Movies
Uncle Tom's Cabin was almost as important to the history of movies as it was to the history of drama in America.
The Great Train Robbery, released in December, 1903, is usually cited as the earliest American feature film, but Edwin S. Porter, who made that movie for Edison's company, made a ten-minute version of Stowe's novel that came out in September, 1903.
Altogether between 1903 and 1927, at least ten films titled Uncle Tom's Cabin were made in the United States, which probably made it the most-filmed story of the silent era.
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 The Great Train Robbery (1903)
As stated on the The First Movies page, Edwin S. Porter directed this most famous of the early westerns.
It contains many of the elements of the classic hold-up story: a daring robbery involving violence and death, a posse being hastily formed, and the final flight and showdown in the woods.
The final shot of the movie obviously was added to the end of the movie in order to surprise and startle the audiences of the day--and was successful in doing so.
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 Ken Maynard 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Actually, cowboys could be seen singing and playing instruments in the silent film, The Great Train Robbery from 1903, the first Western film to have a coherent plot.
The movie studio tolerated his rustic voice on the assumption that it sounded like a "real" cowboy.
Still, he was the first Western movie star to record Western music and his considerable abilities as a B-Western action hero made him one of the early super stars of the B-Western genre.
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 Other Media
Any useful comparison between games and movies must go back to the early days of the movies, when moviemakers were in a position similar to ours.
It is especially significant that the arcade-style movie of the 1890's encountered a crisis right at the turn of the century.
A movie is a medium of communication, and like any medium it has its conventions, those techniques or symbols that everybody understands.
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 Reel.com: Great Heists - Classics
Criminals have mesmerized filmgoers since 1903, when The Great Train Robbery stunned early movie audiences.
The burgeoning Cold War had dampened post-war optimism, though, so the great heist movies that came out of the U.S. during the 1940s and '50s were, for the most part, dark film noirs.
Pierce Brosnan, who's gotten used to playing a different kind of cool customer in the James Bond movies, is proving himself a worthy successor to Steve McQueen as he steams up the screen with Rene Russo in the new Thomas Crown Affair.
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 The Great Train Robbery Silent Movie
The train comes to a stand still; conductor comes to the window, and the frightened operator delivers the order.
Some of the bandits robbing the mail car, others are seen climbing over the tender, one of them holding up the engineer, the other covering the fireman who secures a coal shovel and climbs up on the tender where a desperate fight takes place.
Scene V. Shows the train coming to a stop; the engineer leaving the locomotive, uncoupling it from the train, then pulling ahead about one hundred feet in the face of the robbers pistols.
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 The Great Train Robbery (1903)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The movie is 12 minutes long and is considered the first narrative film in history.
The train is a really well done mat-shot of a train pulling into the station, frightening the audience in their seats.
This audience point of view shot makes me feel like the narrative of the train robbery enticed me to cheer for the Sheriff, and the angry gangster shoots at me because I was cheering for his enemy.
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 In Defense of the Classic Western by Gary North
The first major movie was The Great Train Robbery (1903), the first narrative film.
The good gunfighter in a popular Western movie may be outside the civil law structure or part of it.
What the movie never says is this: the land was owned by the Federal government.
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 Visual and Special Effects Film Milestones
When the axe was brought down, her head rolled off the chopping block to the left - where the executioner picked it up in the final frame and held it up.
The in-camera matte effect was of two separately filmed segments: the interior of a train station and the window (where a shot of a passing train was matted).
Although this film was not the first sound film, nor the first 'talkie' film or the first movie musical, it was the first feature-length Hollywood "talkie" film in which spoken dialogue was used as part of the dramatic action.
www.greatestfilms.org /visualeffects1.html   (1441 words)

 The Great Train Robbery Movie, Review, Cast for The Great Train Robbery | TVGuide.com
Produced by the Edison Company, and directed by Edwin S. Porter, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY is a landmark in the development of the American film industry and the narrative form.
If not the very first story film or the first western, it was among the earliest, and certainly the most sophisticated, in its use of editing techniques, special effects, and location shooting to tell a complete story in a western setting, creating many of the archetypes which would later become conventions of the genre.
There are no group posts for The Great Train Robbery.
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 Butch Cassidy and the Passing of the Old West
After one bank robbery he allegedly gave part of his share to a widow who had been foreclosed on by the bank in question.
The Wild Bunch was the last great western outlaw gang: By the time the Barrow gang and others became prominent in the 1930s, their getaways were made in Packards instead of on horseback.
Though conceived as a comic “buddy movie,” the film was painstakingly accurate in its characterizations of the two outlaws and its depictions of their exploits.
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 Movie Info for The Great Train Robbery on MSN Movies
The Great Train Robbery is not a remake of the 1903 landmark film of the same name; if it had been, it wouldn't have run any longer than eight minutes.
The criminal's modus operandi (a rather cold-blooded one, involving mass murder) was later reworked into two Republic westerns, the first starring Bill Elliot and the second featuring Rex Allen.
Claire Carleton is on hand in Great Train Robbery to play a nightclub singer who requires rescuing by two-fisted Steele.
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 The Great Train Robbery (1903) Starring: Broncho Billy Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes - Three Movie Buffs Review
Made for only 150 dollars and running just over ten minutes in length The Great Train Robbery made cinematic history by being the first American movie to have a narrative and be shot on location.
In 1902 with the release of the French made A Trip to the Moon the art form known as The Movies was truly begun and the very next year America got in on the act with Train Robbery.
The plot is simple and the film quality grainy with age, but this movie still has the power to entertain.
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 The Great Train Robbery
early 100 years old, The Great Train Robbery is arguably the first narrative film in history.
Even though the film is based on an actual train robbery committed by four of Butch Cassady's "Hole In The Wall" Gang, it is possible that the viewers could have been witnessing the real thing.
Most startling to many would have been the final scene, in which the leader of the outlaws points his gun directly at the audience and fires.
www.filmmonthly.com /Silents/Articles/GreatTrain/GreatTrain.html   (432 words)

 Welcome to Video Obscurata, Home of rare and unsusal VHS tapes
This is a very well done early movie with the first underwater footage.
This is a great bad Sci-Fi movie from the 50's.
This is one of those really bad Sci-fi movies from the Fifties that some say is so bad that it is good.
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 The Great Train Robbery
For this session of the motion picture club, a twelve-minute, fl-and-white classic called "The Great Train Robbery" was being shown.
They stopped the Union Pacific's No. 3 train and forced the conductor to unfasten the passenger cars from the rest of the train.
The facilitator, whose personal quirk was to wink after asking a question, stood and explained the reaction to the movie when it was released one hundred years ago.
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 The Austin Chronicle Columns: Letters at 3AM
But no one disagrees that it premiered 100 years ago in 1903; was a Western, filmed in the East; was the longest film up to that time, and thus the first "feature"; was directed by Edwin S. Porter.
It also happened that in the same year, 1903, a rural California village called Hollywood, already suffering delusions of grandeur, incorporated itself as a city.
The last shot of "The Great Train Robbery" is the same as the first: The cowboy draws his pistol and shoots us again.
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 Questions and Answers (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is erroneously stated by a number of sources that he was in the 1903 movie "The Great Train Robbery".
The excerpt showed Mary Pickford combing her hair, and it may have made Mary the first movie actress to be shown on TV.
Although the major Hollywood studios continued to be reluctant to release their movies to television because they felt television would take away a large part of their revenue, by the mid–1950s they finally relented.
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 The Great Train Robbery: History In The Making   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In 1903 ten minutes of film flickered in the dark to a wide-eyed audience.
Screams spread when a train came hurtling into their faces.
The story itself was based on the true event of Butch Cassidy's Hole In The Wall gang robbing a train in Wyoming on August 29th 1900.
filmdramas.suite101.com /article.cfm/the_great_train_robbery   (383 words)

 Combustible Celluloid - The Great Train Robbery
Arriving in January 2004, this disc from VCI Entertainment is just a little late in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Edwin S. Porter's remarkable 1903 film The Great Train Robbery.
Legend has it that 1903 audiences screamed and ducked and ran for their lives.
Regardless, VCI's disc is still a must-have, and perhaps the first great disc of 2004.
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