The Great Train Robbery – Edwin S.Porter – 1903

  1. The very earliest films, like those the Lumière brothers produced, merely recorded simple actions going on in front of the camera. But with The Great Train Robbery, we have a more complicated story, composed of several scenes. How many scene units do you count in the film? What is their relationship to the dramatic structure?
  2. Edwin Porter was inventing a new art. The technology was just being developed. What do you notice about the cinematography of The Great Train Robbery that Porter might have done differently 30 years later?
  3. Similarly, what techniques do you see in the film that strike you as surprisingly modern?