in about 100 words or less
USA 12m, silent (B&W)
Director: Edwin S. Porter; Cast: A.C. Abadie, Gilbert Anderson, George Barnes
The Great Train Robbery is an early example of a story driven film that incorporates both theatrical set design on the interior scenes, and more realistic on-location outdoor shots. While much of the acting borrows techniques from the theater, the film attempts a level of realism that is relatively unique for this early period of film making. Although the camera work is largely static, there is some camera movement in some of the on-location shots. Despite the attempt to tell a story, the film is perhaps best remembered for its final “experimental” scene, when the villain raises his gun and fires at the audience (Klaus Ming November 2008).