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Great Train Robbery


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  Great Train Robbery Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
7.14 /10
 
Starring
Marie Murray, Broncho Billy Anderson, George Barnes (pictured)
 

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Written by: Edwin S. Porter

 
 
 
Released: 1903
   
Genre: ACTION
WESTERN
ADVENTURE
IMPORTANT
SILENT
CRIME
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 10
 
 


 
Thieves rob a train.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Though only ten minutes long and containing only 14 scenes, this is generally regarded as the first narrative film. Primitive though it is, the exterior shooting is quite adventurous; and it is still possible to imagine its impact on audiences of the time.


"From laboratory examination of some of the popular films of... Melies... I came to the conclusion that a picture telling a story in continuity form might draw the customers back to the theatres." (Edwin S. Porter, 1904)


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