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FIGURE 5.29

The Great Train Robbery (III)

Edwin S. Porter, Edison Co., 1903

In Scene 2, three bandits have boarded the train between the tender and the express car. The action in Scene 3, in which two of the bandits overpower the messenger inside the express car (1), and the action in Scene 4, in which the third bandit overpowers the fireman on the tender (2), are meant to occur simultaneously. Each scene, however, is played out in its entirety; there is no intercutting between them, and the presentation is rightly termed nonlinear because a given moment in time has been duplicated: time and space have not been reconfigured into a linear unfolding of the narrative itself.

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