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Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | | Short, Action | January 1903 (USA)
A fireman rushes into a carriage to rescue a woman from a house fire. Breaks the window glasses and he goes down with the woman. After dangerous and uncertain moments, the fireman save the woman' s son, too.

Directors:

George S. Fleming (uncredited), Edwin S. Porter (uncredited)
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Edwin S. Porter ... Policeman
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Storyline

Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the scene, and effect the safe rescue of a woman from the burning house. But wait, she tells them of her child yet asleep in the burning bedroom . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Action

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Trivia

The print used on the DVD release ("More Treasures From American Film Archives 1894-1931, Program 1) was copied at 18 frames per second from a 35mm print preserved by MoMA (Musuem Of Modern Art). It in turn is from an unaltered nitrate exhibition print first preserved in 1979. See more »

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Sheer History
9 July 2019 | by Screen_O_GenicSee all my reviews

The glimpse at Edwardian America is the main reason to view this appealing short. The fashion, the things, the people and the age are marvels and wonders of film preservation and history. The time machine aspect is compelling and moving. If only film was invented earlier.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

January 1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of an American Fireman See more »

Filming Locations:

East Orange, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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