Saturday, March 10, 2012
March Melies Madness! - Panorama From Top of a Moving Train [ Panorama pris d'un train en marche] (1898)
From the top of a moving train carriage, looking straight ahead over the roofs of the other carriages and over the steam engine pulling them, Méliès takes the viewer along a suburban Paris line, under bridges, past assorted buildings, and through a station. This is an example of a phantom ride, one of the earliest genres in film and popular at the end of the 19th century.