The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Americana  |   Release Date - Aug 12, 1903 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 1 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Filmed by Edwin S. Porter at Thomas Edison's New York studio on July 23, 1903, The Gay Shoe Clerk is notable for its early use of matched shot editing, with a close-up of the customer's ankle and a longer establishing shot used in combination with each other. The film is significant as a precursor to Porter's groundbreaking classic The Great Train Robbery, which combined state-of-the-art editing techniques to tell a 12-minute narrative story.



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High Historical Importance