Bataille de neige  (1897)

6.7 / 10

Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ...See full summary »

Country France

Genre Documentary, Short

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  • Country: France
  • Runtime: 1min

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Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of opportunity. He falls off his bicycle. He's not hurt, but he rides back the way he came, as the fight continues. Uh-oh. He forgot his cap in the snow. Written by David Carless

Keywords: cyclist, snowball fight, winter

Genres: Documentary, Short

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In the Lumières’ 1897 movie Bataille de neige, what convincingly appears to be a spontaneous snowball fight involving men, women and children from all classes is in all probability a staged event (the likelihood of a wandering cameraman stumbling upon such a scene is highly unlikely) but it is still extremely enjoyable and lent an element of slapstick by the hapless cyclist who must beat a hasty and undignified retreat after wandering into the midst of the fight only to find himself unseated by a barrage of snowballs. The film has a terrific sense of liveliness and fun thanks to the obvious...

Source: 20/20 Movie Reviews

Author: Richard Cross

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