Short Movie Saturday -Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

Yes, you read that right. 1888. This is the oldest known surviving film fragment. While the YouTube claims it’s 65 seconds long that’s because of replays and slow-motion replays. It’s actually two seconds long. Sure, that’s not much to go on, but in such a young art something so old is noteworthy. Furthermore, Movies Silently, where I discovered this snippet brings some humor to its brevity:

That’s where the fun really comes in. Put on your best know-it-all voice and proclaim that the second half did not live up to the potential of the first. That you feel the film could have done with tighter editing. That the symbolism of the garden scene strikes at the very meaning of life itself.

Welcome to the in-joke! (And a very important milestone in the history of cinema.)

Enjoy!

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One comment

  1. TR · May 9, 2015

    That is certainly noteworthy!

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