Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

An American western by Edwin S. Porter.
Bandits force an operator of a railway station to stop a train so they can rob it. They tie him up, but he gets free while they are looting the locomotive and goes for help.
Apparently, this is the first western film ever made. I had to watch and review it for historical significance. It was silent with black and white video, but I've seen much worse. It was actually just right for 10 minutes of western. There were harriers, a train, a chase on horseback and an unlikely hero. I think that they communicated what they needed to get across quite well for 1903. I'm rating this adequate because there was some thought put into making it.

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