First reaction paper to the films: Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat, The Great Train Robbery, and Broken Blossoms
The story of “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat” is very simple. Honestly, I don’t think there is a story in this film; it seems to me like someone just stopped at the train station and filmed the train arriving. This film is one very short scene that last for not more than 5 minutes, and I believe the idea of the filmmaker was to create an audience’s reaction, and to let the audience make up their own story of the movie. There is no conflict or characterization in this movie, it’s only the train arriving to the station and people getting off the train and leaving or arriving to the train station. I guess the resolution is very simple, the train has arrived!
There is no acting in this film since there is no characterization; although, the film is believable because is what we all see happens when the train arrives, people get off, people get in, and eventually everyone leaves, including the train. In conclusion, the filmmaker created a sense of surprise on myself because I wasn’t expecting a so short film, yet I have to admit that I liked the fact that I could make up the history of the movie because the filmmaker provided me with enough material to build my own story.
In the second movie, “The Great Train Robbery”, the filmmaker made a story. The story starts with 3 thieves robbing a train station, then getting on the train, rode on it, and stopping it to rob