The Great Train Robbery (1903)
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Cool movie. This and A Trip to the Moon are good introductions to the earlier, simpler days of cinema before Griffith modernized it with all of his 'advanced techniques' and 'art.' Not that those are bad things ... but it's interesting to see narratives and creative ideas coming into films.
Remember to check the runtime when seeing this. There is a few too short versions.
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This movie ranks #2 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #2 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #11 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
This movie ranks #13 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #23 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #26 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #31 in BFI's 100 Westerns
This movie ranks #59 in TSPDT's Brief Encounters
This movie ranks #82 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #116 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
This movie ranks #224 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #989 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000