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Band Marching down a Street

A uniformed marching band takes to the street in this early film by pioneer cinematographer Birt Acres

Non-Fiction 1897 Silent


This is one of the surviving actuality shorts that pioneering cinematographer Birt Acres made in the mid-1890s, featuring a shot of a marching band passing down a street, seen from a fixed camera position. The middle of the picture is badly out of focus, but as the faces of the soldiers reach the right of the frame they spring into sharp relief.

This film is also known as Tommies on the March, and possibly Church Parade of Troops (it appears to fit historian John Barnes' description of a film of that title).