A Distant Evening’s Radiance

Early motion picture effort to capture the dazzling nighttime activity at Coney Island‘s three great amusement hubs: Luna Park, Dreamland and Steeplechase Park. It was shot by Edwin S. Porter, pioneering director of The Great Train Robbery and Life of an American Fireman. His innovative use of dissolves (gradual image transitions) helped pave the way for continuity editing.

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