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Summary: The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888. It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888... (imdb)
Though the plot gets a bit muddled, it manages to hold the audience's attention. The casting is superb, the music is great, the atmosphere is just amazing. It looses points for being a bit too long though.
This is nothing more than amateur home video footage, therefore one must rate the scientific breakthrough of this experiment, which is not the point of this website. If there is ever a "Criticker" for technological inventions then this is where Roundhay Garden Scene will deserve a perfect score.
How am I supposed to rate it? Well, the strange thing I've noticed is that both gentlemen are making circles around the ladies. It would look like they are turning away if only the one (on the foreground) was turning away but no, they both are. They are not dancing, either, so what's going on? I guess they wanted to show a movement and the men needed a still point to have a greater effect. So, a plus for showing ladies and a minus for not making them equal "actors".
Ambiguous tale that portrays the upper-class with a naturalistic tone, filmed from a vicarious point of view, perhaps considering the voyeuristic sensibilities of itself and any film released after it. But it's technically ruined by a shoddy aspect ratio error.
It's too damn long. Seriously though, it is quite interesting from a historical perspective and without it there would be no Citizen Kane, no The Red Shoes, no Chungking Express. Then again without it we wouldn't have to endure the very existence of Pearl Harbour, Sweet Charity and The Butterfly Effect so maybe it isn't so great...