The First Western: Edwin S. Porter’s THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1903)

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THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY is considered the world’s first Western. Film pioneer Edwin S. Porter made this little gem in the wilds of New Jersey, with additional scenes at Thomas Edison’s studio. It’s the first film to have some kind of narrative, and features in it’s cast future cowboy star Broncho Billy Anderson. Crude by today’s standards, this history making ten minute short was a technical marvel in its time,  with Porter was the first to introduce cross-cutting and panning to the screen. So without further ado, enjoy  1903’s THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY:

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One Reply to “The First Western: Edwin S. Porter’s THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1903)”

  1. My family and I went to cowboy movies on Friday nights. Back then, (early 40s) there’d be a cartoon and news also. ! I still love black and white the best because of the shadowing, and it allows your mind to fill in the rest.

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