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The Great Train Robbery (1903 movie)
The Great Train Robbery is a 1903 western film. The film is only twelve minutes long, but it is a milestone in film making. The film used a number of innovative techniques including parallel editing, camera movement and location shooting. Jump-cuts or cross-cuts were a new, sophisticated editing technique. The film also employed the first pan shots.
The movie was directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter, a former Thomas Edison cameraman. The movie starred A.C. Abadie , Broncho Billy Anderson and Justus D. Barnes, although there were no credits.
The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
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