Steve Goble

Choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Louis Le Prince's second surviving film project was a reality doco about day-to-day life on Leeds Bridge.

Seen through the eyes of an anonymous onlooker, it's a fascinating glimpse into the daily cross-section of society that regularly used the bridge in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.

Horses and carts, bumpy roads, low street-lights, the architecture, the fashion... Prince covers it all. Most moving, emotionally if not literally, is the endless stream of citizens attempting to cross the road. The protagonists in this film seem to make it okay, although the snowballing number of fatalities on our roads since then render this a slightly simplistic view of the real-life dangers.

Overall, Prince's trademark house-style is consistent throughout, making this a pleasing follow-up to Roundhay Garden Scene.

For part one of The Films Of Louis Le Prince, ("Roundhay Garden Scene") click here.
For part three of The Films Of Louis Le Prince, ("Accordion Player") click here.
For part four of The Films Of Louis Le Prince, ("Man Walking Around A Corner") click here.

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