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Silent film from 1897 captures a snow ball fight and winter bike riding

Posted by Your Town  February 10, 2013 02:05 PM

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Winter bike riding, why?

Because gotta train, so much fun, and cabin fever.

Winter riding, why not?

Because frostbite, slippery uneven roads, and the swaddle of extra cold weather gear. And not everyone owns a set of studded tires.

Need another reason to stay inside? Watch this wonderful silent film.

“The Snowball Fight” was directed and produced in 1897 and is in gorgeous black and white. It takes less than a minute to view, though I guarantee you'll watch it at least twice. It was filmed in Lyon, France by Auguste and Louis Lumiere, brothers, and among the very first to make “moving pictures.” The music is credited to Anouar Brahem.

Enjoy! And keep your eye on the cyclist's hat.

Susan Meyers is a Brookline writer. Her new book, “The Hamster Ride & 25 Other Short Biking Stories'' was published this month by Climbing Ivy Press.

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