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Blacksmith Scene (1893)

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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.


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A stationary camera looks at a large anvil with a blacksmith behind it and one on either side. The smith in the middle draws a heated metal rod from the fire, places it on the anvil, and all three begin a rhythmic hammering. After several blows, the metal goes back in the fire. One smith pulls out a bottle of beer, and they each take a swig. Then, out comes the glowing metal and the hammering resumes. Written by <>

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9 May 1893 (USA)  »

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Blacksmith Scene #1  »

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The first film that the Edison company made for commercial distribution; hence its place on the National Film Registry as the starting point in the American motion picture industry. See more »


Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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2 November 2003 | by (Toronto,Canada) – See all my reviews

Thomas Edison and William K.L. Dickson's "Blacksmith Scene," was the first film shown publicly in 1893.

This short is a brief look at 3 workers as they go about their daily ritual. Great piece of work for its time.

In the early days of cinema, directors typically recorded everyday events such as the arrival of ships or workers leaving a factory. These short films were called "actualities." Later, with the advent of better equipment (which could record for longer), directors began to introduce more complicated narratives into film.

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