The Great Train Robbery, 1903 - ★★★★

The Great Train Robbery, 1903 - ★★★★



A film by Edwin S. Porter

USA 1903

B&W 11 Min.

..:: Machismovision: Wow The West Was Fun - Film #24 ::..

A gang of bandits pull off a daring train robbery and are then hotly pursued by a lawbringing posse.

Well I had to see this silent classic during one of my machismovision Sundays, so it might as well be now. The Great Train Robbery is apparently among the earliest existing films in American cinema archives and essentially the first ever western (though theres apparently earlier examples from Europe, most sadly now lost).

[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

I watched the original then a composite fan made version detailing the vintage effects that are used in the short. It ended with a brief tribute segment featuring movies that had used its iconic closing scene featuring a gunman shooting into the screen (trust me you've seen it even if you've never seen this short), that included Goodfellas & American Gangster.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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