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Short Film of the Day: ‘Horse’ (1878)

Why Watch? Because he first motion picture ever made was a short film.

There are those that don’t like shorts. There are those that don’t like experimental. That’s all well and good, but we can all do with a little reminder that the first motion on screen was an experimental short.

It makes sense that motion pictures didn’t burst forth from the head of D.W. Griffith fully formed, and like all infants, its first steps don’t at all resemble the mature being that stands before us now, over 130 years later. However, I was taught to respect my elders, and in taking 19 seconds out of your day, maybe you’ll find something mesmerizing in this image created by Eadweard Muybridge using 24 cameras set up to capture a horse in full stride.

It is the birth of magic.

What does it cost? Just 19 seconds of your time.

Check out Horse for yourself:

HORSE (1878)

Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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