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* {{Documentary}}: An actuality film, showing what urban life looked like in the early 20th century, and what San Francisco looked like before it went up in flames.


* TheOner: TropeMaker. There appear to be a couple of [[JumpCut Jump Cuts]] in the early going, but almost all of the film is a single uninterrupted take.

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* TheOner: TropeMaker. There appear to be a couple of [[JumpCut Jump Cuts]] in the early going, but almost all of the film is a single uninterrupted take.take.
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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been {{Troll}}ing the camera.

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** Wikipedia says that a lot of the traffic was staged by the producer to make Market Street look more prosperous in a time when automobiles were a luxury. Many of the cars circle the trolley multiple times.
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That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been {{Troll}}ing the camera.


* DownerEnding: Isn't San Francisco a lovely city? Well, it will remain so for a few DAYS after the film ends. Then the Great Earthquake and Great Fire of 1906 will hit, 3000 people will be dead, 250,000 people will be made homeless, and virtually every building in that film will be in ruins. This is likely one of the last- if not THE last- documents of old San Francisco ever made.



* TheOner: TropeMaker. There appear to be a couple of [[JumpCut Jump Cuts]] in the early going, but almost all of the film is a single uninterrupted take.
* DownerEnding: Isn't San Francisco a lovely city? Well, it will remain so for all of four DAYS after the film ends. Then the Great Earthquake and Great Fire of 1906 will hit, 3000 people will be dead, 250,000 people will be made homeless, and virtually every building in that film will be in ruins. This is likely one of the last- if not THE last- documents of old San Francisco ever made.

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* TheOner: TropeMaker. There appear to be a couple of [[JumpCut Jump Cuts]] in the early going, but almost all of the film is a single uninterrupted take.
* DownerEnding: Isn't San Francisco a lovely city? Well, it will remain so for all of four DAYS after the film ends. Then the Great Earthquake and Great Fire of 1906 will hit, 3000 people will be dead, 250,000 people will be made homeless, and virtually every building in that film will be in ruins. This is likely one of the last- if not THE last- documents of old San Francisco ever made.
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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been {{Troll/ trolling}} the camera.

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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been {{Troll/ trolling}} {{Troll}}ing the camera.


** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been {{Troll trolling}} the camera.

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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been {{Troll {{Troll/ trolling}} the camera.


** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been [[Troll trolling]] the camera.

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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been [[Troll trolling]] {{Troll trolling}} the camera.


** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been Trolling the camera.

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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been Trolling [[Troll trolling]] the camera.


* TheOner: TropeMaker. There appear to be a couple of [[JumpCut Jump Cuts]] in the early going, but almost all of the film is a single uninterrupted take.

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* TheOner: TropeMaker. There appear to be a couple of [[JumpCut Jump Cuts]] in the early going, but almost all of the film is a single uninterrupted take.take.
* DownerEnding: Isn't San Francisco a lovely city? Well, it will remain so for all of four DAYS after the film ends. Then the Great Earthquake and Great Fire of 1906 will hit, 3000 people will be dead, 250,000 people will be made homeless, and virtually every building in that film will be in ruins. This is likely one of the last- if not THE last- documents of old San Francisco ever made.


* DrivesLikeCrazy: There was no traffic control whatsoever on Market Street. People amble through the street, and wind up having to dodge the Model T Fords making aggressive turns. Those same automobiles can be seen aggressively changing lanes, including right off the bat when a car darts right in front of the camera. At one point a truck and a horse-drawn trolley making left turns appear to narrowly miss colliding.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: There was no traffic control whatsoever on Market Street. People amble through the street, and wind up having to dodge the Model T Fords cars making aggressive turns. Those same automobiles can be seen aggressively changing lanes, including right off the bat when a car darts right in front of the camera. At one point a truck and a horse-drawn trolley making left turns appear to narrowly miss colliding.


"Actuality films" were sort of proto-documentaries in which early filmmakers simply rolled their cameras and filmed things they deemed to be interesting. They were more common than scripted films in the early days of filmmaking. This film, besides being a unique portrait of transportation, dress, and urban architecture at the turn of the 20th century, is notable for having been filmed right before the earthquake and fire that destroyed almost all of San Francisco. The exact date is not known, but historical research and analysis of the film indicates that photography took place about three weeks before the April 18, 1906 quake, and the subsequent fire that destroyed just about everything captured in the film.

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"Actuality films" were sort of proto-documentaries in which early filmmakers simply rolled their cameras and filmed things they deemed to be interesting. They were more common than scripted films in the early days of filmmaking. This film, besides being a unique portrait of transportation, dress, and urban architecture at the turn of the 20th century, is notable for having been filmed right before the earthquake and fire that destroyed almost all of San Francisco. The exact date is not known, but historical research and analysis of the film indicates that photography took place about three weeks before the April 18, 1906 quake, earthquake and the subsequent fire that destroyed just about everything captured in the film.
film except for the Ferry Building.


"Actuality films" were sort of proto-documentaries in which early filmmakers simply rolled their cameras and filmed things they deemed to be interesting. They were more common than scripted films in the early days of filmmaking. This film, besides being a unique portrait of transportation, dress, and urban architecture at the turn of the 20th century, is notable for having been filmed '''right''' before the earthquake and fire that destroyed almost all of San Francisco. The exact date is not known, but historical research and analysis of the film indicates that photography took place about three weeks before the April 18, 1906 quake, and the subsequent fire that destroyed just about everything captured in the film.

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"Actuality films" were sort of proto-documentaries in which early filmmakers simply rolled their cameras and filmed things they deemed to be interesting. They were more common than scripted films in the early days of filmmaking. This film, besides being a unique portrait of transportation, dress, and urban architecture at the turn of the 20th century, is notable for having been filmed '''right''' right before the earthquake and fire that destroyed almost all of San Francisco. The exact date is not known, but historical research and analysis of the film indicates that photography took place about three weeks before the April 18, 1906 quake, and the subsequent fire that destroyed just about everything captured in the film.


** The trolley itself is a bit of an example. A trolley moves at the speed of the cable pulling it, unless it lets go to coast or apply the break. It looks like they might have dropped cable a few times (around 7 minutes and 10 minutes), but they only apply the break once, crossing the embarcadero at 10:47 (and when turning around on the turntable at 11:07)

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** The trolley itself is a bit of an example. A trolley moves at the speed of the cable pulling it, unless it lets go to coast or apply the break. brake. It looks like they might have dropped cable a few times (around 7 minutes and 10 minutes), but they only apply the break brake once, crossing the embarcadero at 10:47 (and when turning around on the turntable at 11:07)



* UsefulNotes/ThePreHollywoodEra: the film was made during this era

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* UsefulNotes/ThePreHollywoodEra: the film was made during this era

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** That one car at 15 seconds in could be called the "villain" of the piece (Or at least a "recurring character"). Check the license plate on it - 4867. It continues to weave in front of the trolley at 1:31, 2:32, 3:38, 5:19, & 9:18. Given that it moves much faster than the trolley, either he had a lot of short stops along the way, or he might have been Trolling the camera.
** The trolley itself is a bit of an example. A trolley moves at the speed of the cable pulling it, unless it lets go to coast or apply the break. It looks like they might have dropped cable a few times (around 7 minutes and 10 minutes), but they only apply the break once, crossing the embarcadero at 10:47 (and when turning around on the turntable at 11:07)

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