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Editing and early narrative

by Kate Fortmueller

Edwin Porter's Life of an American Fireman is an example of an early narrative film. This film has numerous shots and locations/sets, but rather than allowing the viewer to experience chronologically, the film repeats the rescue sequence. In this clip the rescue is shown from two different vantage points - inside the house and outside of the house.

Life of an American Fireman (1903) - The rescue

This early narrative shows the firemen rescuing a woman and her child (from two different points of view).

from Life of an American Fireman (1903)
Creator: Edwin S. Porter
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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