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- A Tribute to the Western Films - The Great Train Robbery
Year:  1903
Country:  USA
Cast:  George M. Anderson, Justus D. Barnes (head bandit), Walter Cameron (sheriff)....& William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh
Director:  Edwin S. Porter

Description:
  2003 marked the 100th Anniversary of the release of "The Great Train Robbery," not only the first western film - but also the first motion picture produced which contained a coherent plot! It was also one of the very first boxoffice blockbusters, instantly becoming a huge commercial success and spawning many outright imitations. Featuring Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson in four separate roles, the 740-foot film catapulted him into some 375 other pictures and set numerous precedents in filmmaking techniques.

This special 100th Anniversary version contains a digitally enhanced version with a new music and effects track and color tinted sequences.

Filmed in November 1903 at Thomas Edison's New York studio, at Essex County Park in New Jersey, and along the Lackawanna railroad.

This program is on Sunday, March 12, 2006 @ 01:00 PM and its moderator is Mr. Joseph McBride, an authority on American film and film history.

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In addition, we are presenting one other important silent classic, which features one of the greatest contributors to the heritage of western cinema - William S. Hart.

"Tumbleweeds" (1925) starred the great William S. Hart, in his lost and biggest film. Hart co-directed with King Baggott and many consider it worthy of being ranked with "The Covered Wagon" and "The Iron Horse" as a major Western epic. The highlight of the film is a spectacular recreation of the Cherokee Strip land rush, which, according to William K. Everson writing in his own A Pictorial History of the Western Film, "...was not only splendidly staged and photographed but also edited with a precision and o mathematical rhythm worthy of Eisenstein."

These silent films have been enhanced with music and effects tracks and special prologues have been narrated by Will Hutchins (TV's "Sugarfoot").

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Photo: "Justus Barnes" in a scene from: The Great Train Robbery.





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