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The Great Train Robbery Reviews

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April 10, 2016
This is obviously extremely dated but remains a decent, watchable film and, very importantly, one of the first to go for a narrative coherence, paving the way for the better films that would follow.
September 18, 2015
How can the birth if feature film be less then a 5 it's a mark of excellence a start to something different.
August 11, 2015
A must see piece of classic cinema history.
July 17, 2015
Regarded as the first western, The Great Train Robbery introduced innovative film editing, camera movement, and cross cutting, becoming a great influence to not only the Western genre, but to film itself!!!
June 16, 2015
Interesting to watch one of the oldest US movies that made history! #1001MoviesToSeeBeforeYouDie
April 4, 2015
So freaking cool! It's amazing what these guys could create, basically inventing stunt cinematography and special effects shots.
December 11, 2014
One of the first western films and using some innovative techniques, this short movie from 1903 also contains some unintentional comic moments too. 1001
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May 4, 2009
Of more value as a historical document than an entertaintment but fascinating on that level.
December 8, 2014
An early behemoth of cinema.
December 26, 2014
A huge blockbuster when it came out in 1903 and one of the most influential films of the era. It helped convince audiences that films and movie theaters were there to stay. Also one of the first westerns and pioneered the use of editing techniques like the cross cut.

But how does it stand up today? The story seems somewhat simplistic today: robbers rob train, get chased, get their comeuppance. However, this is no amateur piece. The narrative construction is sharp, the editing is well done and innovative for the time, and there is a surprisingly dramatic moment when the daughter finds her bound father and attempts to revive him.
August 31, 2014
A simply told, well-made classic.
June 7, 2014
Classed by some as the first Western out there, the Great Train Robbery is fascinating seeing the use of location footage from over 100 years ago. Unlike A Trip to the Moon, I didn't find this short as easy to follow. This is always going to be the problem with silent movies as you have to rely on the actions on screen. The whole robbery segment is clear but as soon as that ends it begins to become unclear. On the plus side, the very last short (or first shot depending on version) was an interesting idea bringing you eye-to-eye with one of the robbers.
May 26, 2014
The question of when cinema began has both a simple and a complex answer. The simple answer often given is that cinema began in 1895, with the demonstration of an invention by two French brothers, the Lumières, of a machine that could both capture and project moving pictures. The complex answer to the question is a lot more interesting. David Parkinson describes cinema as the most modern, technologically dependent, and Western of all the arts. However, another way of looking at cinema is that it was the convergence of several long-term processes, such as: the appeal of visual stimulation for humans; an awareness of certain peculiarities of vision; a nineteenth-century interest in technology, machinery, and spectacle; and some financial acumen by specific individuals.
April 22, 2014
Puede que no sea el primer western, pero si supone un paso adelante sobre la mayoría de las películas mudas de la época, un guión mejor desarrollado y más pulido y unos personajes mejores trabajados, hacen de este uno de las mejores películas de de su tiempo.
March 11, 2014
A milestone in motion picture history in being among the first with a narrative structure.
February 21, 2014
The Great Train Robbery 1903 - short silent American western film - it was produced, written and directed by Edwin S. Porter. The film contains no credits at all and runs at 10-min duration minimal. Known for historically being one of the earliest filmmaking examples. Film tells the story of train-robbers who bind and gag a telegraph operator and force him to ask approaching train to stop for water-storage - as they succeed in their mission, the train is robbed at gun-points. Good short-story that reiterated the groundbreaking style of filmmaking - editing two stories taking place at different places simultaneously.
February 1, 2014
Even at the turn of the 20th century, crime doesn't pay. As straightforward as stories come, this is about a band of criminals that rob a train, and the law enforcement that pursues them. This is a short film from 1903, and something that I was able to find simply by perusing Youtube. The print that I watched had no score, which is a bit odd, given that it is (obviously) a silent film. It is a precursor to pretty much every single Western, so it is interesting to see what essentially started the genre. It is more violent than you would expect it to be, given the year it was released, and this features the classic overdramatic silent movie deaths where the person that gets shot throws their arms up over their head before falling to the ground. The thing that is most memorable is the very last scene; it features a man emptying his revolver at the camera, creating the illusion that the audience is getting shot at. It is striking, haunting, and is imagery you won't soon forget. This is pretty cool to watch, and at a ten minute runtime, you can afford to expand your film education.
January 25, 2012
Being the obviously influential and historical relic it is, The Great Train Robbery is in all it's simplicity a landmark film despite it's honky acting and long static shots.
November 28, 2013
an interesting curio from cinema's early beginnings
November 9, 2013
This being the first American film to tell a story, it certainly has a place in history - however, it's brilliance is pretty much lost to a modern audience that have a hard time imagining how people in 1903 would have had their minds blown by this short feature that allowed them to see & experience something that was earth shaking.
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