Sunday, April 22, 2012

Circular Panorama of Electric Tower - 1901

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Release Date: August 1901 (USA)
Filming Locations: Buffalo, New York, USA
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Runtime: 1 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: World's Fair
Genres: Documentary | Short
A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presents the most perfect and diversified views of the Transportation Building, Mexican Plaza, the Stadium and the north side of the Electric Tower. Written by Edison Catalog.  
This interesting and effective look at some of the sights from the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 is almost like a chance to travel back in time. The idea of panning the camera around to show footage of the exposition was creative at the time, and the photography has held up well.
It's a simple film, of course, but it effectively shows the variety of styles and structures at the exhibition, while also showing just enough of the crowd to preserve the feel of the time. "Circular Panorama of Electric Tower", along with the companion piece "Panorama of Esplanade By Night" and other Edison films of the exposition, provide an interesting view of this long-ago event.

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