A train is leaving a railway station at the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the very end of the train a barren, rocky landscape is seen, and some ruins of very old buildings,. Five men walk ... See full summary »
A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »
This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. ... See full summary »
Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the ... See full summary »
Some men in bathing clothes slosh bucket after bucket of water on each other -- presumably to wash the salt water from their skins before it dries and makes them itch. They seem really caught up in the fun of dousing each other and there are plenty of buckets. The gouts of water and the men rushing for more water form a comic dance that are amusing for the short length of this Lumiere piece.
The IMDb says this is "Widely recognized as the very first narrative motion picture". I can't tell what tale they are telling and if it has a beginning, middle and end, it's just a matter of how many buckets are left. Who are these experts?
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