troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Film: The Great Train Robbery
Shooting the audience half a century before James Bond.

An early film Western, made in 1903 by Edwin S. Porter for Thomas Edison's production company. It depicts a group of criminals robbing a train and its passengers, escaping in the uncoupled locomotive, and being pursued and killed by a posse recruited from a local dance hall. Apart from the title card and the famous shot of an outlaw firing at the audience,note  the film consists of thirteen shots, taking place in three interior and a variety of exterior locations. There are no intertitles.

It was one of the longest narrative films yet produced,note  and contains early uses of what would come to be standard cinematic techniques: composite editing (via multiple exposure), location shooting, intercutting between simultaneously-occurring scenes, cutting within the same scene to compress time, and camera movement.

This film is in the public domain, and may be viewed at YouTube and elsewhere.

Not to be confused with the 1975 Michael Crichton novel or other Similarly Named Works.


This film provides examples of:


The Great Bank RobberyIndex of Film WesternsThe Gunfighter
Gone with the WindSchool Study MediaAlfred Hitchcock
A Trip to the MoonEarly FilmsA Corner in Wheat
A New HopeUsefulNotes/National Film RegistryThe Freshman

alternative title(s): The Great Train Robbery
random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
8059
5