Today it’s exactly 190 years ago (a memorable date indeed!) that the movie Roundhay Garden was filmed by the French inventor Louis le Prince. It’s shot using 12 frames per second, with a total of 52 frames, so the entire movie lasts for…yeah, 2.11 seconds.
The movie was filmed at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, England in 1888.
It features Adolphe Le Prince, Sarah Whitley, Joseph Whitley and Harriet Hartley in the garden, walking around and laughing.
The movie is surrounded by mysterious deaths, and in 1890 Louis le Prince vanished while on a train trip to London. Spooky!
The best part of it? The dead-serious reviews and spoiler-posts on the Imdb website, talking about director’s cut, widescreen version, and the 3-disc special edition DVD
“The garden scene, so dear to the Victorians, only re-enforces the drab faux-drollery that passed for humor amongst a certain subset of the time. It’s effectively a cinematic variant of the opera comique” in the sense that it aggressively pursues the goal of glamour over substance, and achieving neither to any great satisfaction. This is especially evident during the denouement because we are operating under the impression that the sequence of events is inconsequential — a very real danger in comedies of manners. So I can only give it a 9.25 score because the vision was insufficiently realized.”