1893: 1 movie

posted 2012 June 3

Blacksmithing Scene
Directed by William K.L. Dickson and William Heise
For the Edison Company. Photographed in Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey, USA

   This movie is widely considered the first photographed movie with a story, and that historical reason is part of why it makes our list, but another is because it's simply delightful to watch. Three men in Edison's Black Maria studio hammer metal in harmony, they break for beer, then they return to work. It's simple, sweet, and the epitome of humanity. It is said that these men aren't really iron-workers but are actually employees of Edison's film studio. If that's true, this movie has three wonderfully authentic performances, but either way, the quality and subject matter is pretty epic. And look quickly, during the beginning, for the first guy to ruin a shot.

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