Not sure what to make of this mess. One thing is certain: this so-called "cinema" is going nowhere. It's a mere gimmick. Like the panorama or the kinetoscope. Think photography, with clumsy animation. Listen up, folks, cinema is just a fad. Let's focus on "real" art: theatre, literature, you know. In five years nobody will remember this stuff.
Renowned in cinema history as introducing the notion of 'audience effect'. Often used alongside Orson Welles' 'War of the Worlds' RKO radio broadcast as empirical evidence for the 'Hyperdermic Needle Theory'.
As a cinematographic window back to the late 19th century it's pretty amazing even if it's so brief. Fin-de-siècle intellectual climate always fascinated me and it's awesome to be able to witness photographed human movement from that era. Density and movement in the embryonic shot render this an exemplary fragment. (Too short though that defies a proper rating.)
Dated and sophomoric. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha. Seriously though, it's obviously an important bit of cinema that when examined in terms of its effect on the audience had enormous implications for the language of film.
Hypnosis. Pre-narrative, pre-subjectivity, pre-art, pre-medium, as the camera is merely an invention "without a future". Like a cave painting. The frame skips and the people staring. This too, is but a train of shadows.
I mean....it's what it says on the tin, there's not really much else to go on here since film hadn't really gotten to the point of narrative or anything else that we think of when we think of films. Early films like these are watchable for the historical context, but outside of that, you're not likely to get much from them at all.,