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Panoramic View of Electric Tower from a Balloon (1901)

Here we have recorded a very novel scene, the camera having been placed in the basket of the captive balloon at the Pan-American Exposition. It was then slowly elevated to the top of the ... See full summary »
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Here we have recorded a very novel scene, the camera having been placed in the basket of the captive balloon at the Pan-American Exposition. It was then slowly elevated to the top of the Tower, a distance of 465 feet, and slowly lowered until it reached the ground, keeping the Tower in view all the time during the ascent and descent, ending with a very interesting view of the base of the Tower, with crowds of people passing to and fro. Written by Edison Catalog

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USA

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August 1901 (USA) See more »

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Buffalo, New York, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Lying to the Public
17 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Panoramic View of Electric Tower from a Balloon (1901)

This Edison film was shot by Edwin S. Porter and was sold as the camera being placed inside a hot air balloon to give you a shot of the Electric Tower. The advertisement is certainly a life as it's obvious the camera isn't in a balloon and more than likely someone just lifted it up off the ground to get a complete shot of the tower. You can feel cheated that there's not really a balloon being used but it's still a unique film because it really wasn't too often that anyone attempted to lift the camera to get a better shot. On that level alone this film is pretty important because you've got to think that this was one of the first times this "trick" was ever done.


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