Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Video: Snowball Fight, 1896

Friday, March 1, 2013

Isabella reporting,

With winter finally on the wane in most places, here's one last snowy delight before easing into spring. This very short Рunder a minute Рsilent black-and-white film was shot in 1896. Directed and produced by pioneer French filmmaker Louis Lumi̬re, the film is called Bataille de boules de neige, or Snowball Fight. This snowball battle (with an unfortunate cyclist in the middle) was filmed on a street in Lyon, France. I love how the combatants are both men and women, and despite their huge leg-o-mutton sleeves, these ladies can pitch a mean snowball.

6 comments:

Susan Bailey said...

It's so rare to see people of that era really let go - a pleasure! Thanks for posting this.

aurora said...

It is really fascinating to watch this snowballing so long ago.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

This was charming! I agree with Susan, you don't think of adults of that era being so playful.

Jacqueline said...

Look at those ladies with their big sleeves go! Ah this was delightful.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

I also like how the men (except for the poor guy on the bike) all keep their hats on!

Although the scene was staged, it's so clear everyone is having a blast, too, with at least one of the men laughing so hard he has to pause. Love it!

Liz said...

Truthfully, I didn't realize there were films from this long ago. What a great find!

 
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