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Grand Display of Brock's Fireworks at the Crystal Palace 1904
Description: An actuality of the Brock's fireworks factory to celebrate its 40th anniversary organizes. The final shot has two flaming portraits of Lord Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, originally presented by Brock's at the coronation in 1902. The movie is a cornucopia of colors, as it was originally a hand-painted film. The 2011 restoration has tried to revive the brilliance and the impact of colors through digital reproduction. The original movie archival print is at the National Cinema Museum.
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Grand Display of Brock's Fireworks at the Crystal Palace Reviews:

IMDb seems to have this movie all over the place. It records Brock's Firework Display at Crystal Palace as 1902 (Warwick Trading Company) and has other Warwick game "Fireworks) as 1905, Fireworks Display at Crystal Palace (1904) and this game (both as Urban, 1904) The Brock's Firework display was indeed originally conceived in 1902 for the Coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandria and it is possible that this was filmed by Urban, and also that Urban filmed the Brock's displays few times. Brock's had developed in association with Crystal Palace (1851) (it even used "Crystal Palace" as a brand name) and produced regular displays there known as "Brock's Benefits".There is, however, certainly a very sensational movie that survives of the display at Crystal Palace, filmed probably in September 1905 (the 30th September was the last day of the show). The movie is preserved in the collection of the Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin, is accessible on Vimeo, beautifully restored (2011), but dated (wrongly I think) 1904.The movie itself remarkable. It is shot at night and in natural colour (presumably a trial outing for the Smith/Urban Kinemacolor system which was patented in 1906 (hence unlikely to have been shot as early as 1904). As with another trial-films using the system, it seems likely that G. A. Smith was himself behind the camera.But the fireworks are remarkable too (I do not why it is no longer possible for such superb displays to be place on. Too expensive?), a display that contains steamboats, a cock fight, a railway train and fine illuminated portraits of the Lord and Queen.It is a movie that really deserves to be much better known.



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