The Rescue on the River

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The Rescue on the River
Directed byGeorges Méliès
Produced byGeorges Méliès
Based onUp the River
by Robert W. Paul
Production
company
Release date
  • May 1896 (1896-05)
CountryFrance
LanguageSilent

The Rescue on the River (French: Sauvetage en rivière) was an 1896 short silent film directed by Georges Méliès.

Production[edit]

The film was probably made in May 1896.[1] It was an imitation of Up the River, a short film made by the British film pioneer Robert W. Paul earlier in the same year.[2] The Rescue on the River was Méliès's first experiment with longer forms of cinema, marking a first step away from the brief Lumière-inspired scenes and actuality films with which Méliès had begun his filmmaking career.[1]

Release[edit]

The Rescue on the River was released by Méliès's Star Film Company in two parts, numbered 22 and 23, respectively, in the company catalogues. Each part was approximately 20 meters (65 feet) long.[3]

# English title French title
22 The Rescue on the River (1st part) Sauvetage en rivière (1re partie)
23 The Rescue on the River (2d part) Sauvetage en rivière (2e partie)

The Rescue on the River is currently presumed lost.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Williams, Alan Larson (1992), Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, p. 35
  2. ^ Lloyd, Ann; Robinson, David (1984), Movies of the Silent Years, London: Orbis, p. 13
  3. ^ a b Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 335

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