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The Cinema as Amusement

Rube and Mandy at Coney Island

Edwin S. Porter, Edison Manufacturing Co., USA, 1903

Rube and Mandy’s excursion through the famous amusement park is handled in a series of long shots which are largely intended to display the wonders of the park (left). At the end, however, Porter signals a change in his subject matter by changing the distance of his camera: when it switches to a medium shot of the two rambunctious countryfolk, they become the main attraction for the film’s spectators.

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