Coney Island at Night 1905

Time exposure shows us Coney Island at night, from Luna Park to Dreamland. Panning left, brilliant lights come into view, defining a long, narrow strip of rides and attractions. We’re up, looking out and down. One ride spins. The sign “Luna Park” comes into view. The pan continues, marking the distance to Dreamland, a larger area with fewer lights: the Steeple Chase and a Ferris wheel are near the back. Then the camera at eye level takes us to close-ups of buildings in Luna Park. Rides spin, pavilions beckon. The camera plans slowly right. It picks one tall structure and pans down and up, ending with a shot of an empty sky.

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Genre: Short Films Edison
Year: 1905
Color/BW: Black & White
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Decade: 1900's
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