2011. április 9., szombat

105 éves film / 105 Year Old Film


 ez a 35 mm film 1906-ban, San Francisco-ban készült, négy nappal a nagy földrengés előtt. Azt írja a szöveg, hogy egy villamosra tettek fel a kamerát, s miközben ment a járgány, felvették a forgalmat, a környezetet. Igen csak érdekes az autók, lovaskocsik, biciklik, gyalogosok és villamosok "együttműködése": néha hajmeresztő, főleg amikor két villamos között a semmiből egyszer csak keresztül megy egy lassú autó vagy lovaskocsi.

( 104 YEAR OLD  FILM CLIP )      NO TRAFFIC  LIGHTS & NO RULES**  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=NINOxRxze9k <http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=NINOxRxze9k
This is a  fascinating movie.   A camera was  mounted on the front of a street car 104 years ago (1906).    Perhaps the  oldest "home movie" that you will ever see !    I watched it a  couple of times.   Look at the hats the ladies were wearing and the long dresses.    Some of the cars had the steering wheels on the right side.    I wonder when  they standardized on the left ?   Sure were still a lot of horse drawn vehicles in use.   Mass transit  looked like the way to get around.
 Looks like  everybody had the right of way.  Watch the  beginning carefully.   At the 33 second  mark and immediately after an oncoming trolley clears the screen,   a well dressed  policeman walks across the street from left to right.    Notice his right  hand that he's carrying a truncheon (26 inch police baton) and although he  appears to be walking his beat, he looks ready to use it.    Imagine the  police of today walking down the street carrying a 26 inch club in  their hand...???  This film was  "lost" for many years.  It was the first 35mm film  ever.   It was taken by  camera mounted on the front of a cable car.    The number of  automobiles is staggering for 1906.   The clock tower  at the end of Market Street at the  Embarcadero  wharf is still there. How many "street  cleaning" people were employed to pick up after  the horses ?  Talk about going green !
This film was  originally thought to be from 1905 until  David Kiehn with  the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out  exactly when it was shot.   From New York  trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet  streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time  of year & actual weather and conditions on historical  record, even when the cars were registered  (he even knows  who owned them and when the plates were issued!).   It was filmed  only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th  1906 and shipped by train to NY for  processing.


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