Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FILMBAY 2000 Greatest Films of All-Time (1888-2014) by Year # 0021 - VILLAGE DE NAMO - PANORAMA PRIS D'UNE CHAISE À PORTEURS, LE (Gabriel Veyre, 1900, France, 1m, BW)


(Gabriel Veyre, 1900, France, 1m, BW)

Le village de Namo – Panorama pris d’une chaise à porteurs

1900 Directed by Gabriel Veyre

Duration: 1m.


The film is a panorama shot-scene lasting just under a minute. The panorama film, as coined by Lumière, is a moving-camera shot--usually accomplished by placing the camera on a moving transport, such as a boat or train. Filmed by Gabriel Veyre for Lumière Brothers in the village of Namo (Indochina). With the camera set on a pulled rickshaw, a reverse "Phantom Ride" is created in the oldest known example of a reverse tracking shot.


Reputedly the first reverse-tracking shot. Also a travelling shot filmed from the back of a departing rickshaw. Has a distinct phenomenological bump from the vehicle and is astonishing to see that old cliche of chasing impoverished rural children afresh, possibly for the first 'filmed' time. The lowness of the vehicle does take it away from a vehicle mindset. Pure description.

Gabriel Veyre

Born     Gabriel Antoine Veyre
February 1, 1871
Septème, France
Died     January 13, 1936 (aged 64)
Casablanca, Morocco
Occupation     Filmmaker, photographer
Years active     1896 - 1936

Gabriel Veyre was an early film director and photographer born in France, but mainly known for his work in Mexico, Indochina and Morocco.

Veyre graduated in pharmacy from Lyon University. In 1896, he traveled along with Claude Ferdinand Bon Bernard to Latin America, in order of show the early films made by the Lumière Brothers and to exploit the cinematograph.

Between 1896 and 1897, he directed and produced 35 films in Mexico, with Von Bernard as the camera operator. Many of those films feature the Mexican president Porfirio Díaz in daily activities.

After leaving Mexico, he continued touring Canada, Japan, China and Indochina. His films and autochromes were presented in Paris in the 1900 Exposition Universelle.

He continued his work in Morocco where he also worked as a correspondent for L'Illustration. He published the book Dans l'intimité du Sultan in 1905. Veyre remained in Casablanca until his death in 1936.

Some of his work is preserved at the Cinémathèque Française.


Gabriel Veyre, Dans l'intimité du Sultan, au Maroc 1901-1905, reissued in 2009, 251p.
Philippe Jacquier et Marion Pranal, Gabriel Veyre, opérateur Lumière - Autour du monde avec le Cinématographe -Correspondance (1896–1900), éd. Institut Lumière / Actes Sud, 1996, 289p.
Farid Abdelouahab, Philippe Jacquier et Marion Pranal, Le Maroc de Gabriel Veyre : 1901-1936, Kubik Editions, 2005

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