Segundo de Chomon documents a park in Barcelona, filming its extensive area, filled with trees and some constructions around. The innovation here is that instead of obtaining immobile ...
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Segundo de Chomon documents a park in Barcelona, filming its extensive area, filled with trees and some constructions around. The innovation here is that instead of obtaining immobile images as usual in many films of the period, the director makes the camera move through the location, apparently shot while he was on a boat.Written by
A camera is stationed on a boat while the boat is moving, therefore capturing the surroundings of Barcelona Park. I've seen several movies like this that have the camera on a train or a boat, (check out "Panorama du Grand Canal pris d'un bateau") so this is another film in the genre. Filmed by Segundo de Chomón, who was later a rival of Georges Melies, the footage here is tinted a light blue apparently because the film is supposed to take place at twilight (though it looked like daytime, actually). Watching it nowadays, this short comes off as dull and uninteresting to most people, and in the end it will mainly interest film buffs and historians. As for me, I like it for what it is--a glance into history. And if you've never been to Barcelona and are interested in the city--this should give you a basic idea of how it's like. On a side note, director Segundo de Chomón made quite a few documentaries about cities in Spain--most more elaborate than this and with more than one shot.
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