Love that opening shot
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 firs... read more
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January 1, 2011
December 10, 2010
Edwin S. Porter's landmark film from the early days of cinema is amazingly accomplished, not to mention immensely entertaining. I was surprised at how contemporary it felt. Yes, it was filmed with one camera and much of it was done on a soundstage, but the story elements -- train...
November 20, 2010
An 11 minute action ride that is now 107 years old. Silent movies have a place in my heart, by demonstrating the medium in its purest form. The Great Train Robbery even avoids using dialog cards. Most scenes are shot from one position, locked down and motionless. This enables the...
September 3, 2010
A very cool old movie. It's got action and adventure in the old west! No sound yet, but one of the first movies to attempt some colourization. A must-see.
April 28, 2010
One of the most famous films of the silent era and indeed the first western. Over a hundred years later and it's still exciting, the last shot of the bandit shooting at the screen is still powerful and timelessly brilliant.
November 6, 2007
Innovative. The opening shot (which, in my version, came at the end hm) was the crowning touch.
June 16, 2012
Important piece of history. Not a particularly thrilling narrative by current standards, but it won't take much of your time to learn a bit about film history.
October 1, 2011
I imagine that it must have been a million times more exciting back when it was released, but I respect it, nonetheless, for its importance in cinematic history. Plus, it helped create the crime and western genres.
July 18, 2011
Famous for it's final scene that shows a cowboy looking directly out into the audience, pointing a six shooter and unloading at the viewer. That scene is very famous and keeps this short afloat in the general publics awareness. It's like 7 minutes long worth watching just to say...
August 20, 2009
Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery was what would now be defined as an 'epic' as it ran all of twelve minutes and boasted a cast of forty, the proverbial 'thousands' of its day. ( pending review/ to be continued, not enough time)
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