Movie milestones from film critic Kenneth Turan
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1903 - 'The Great Train Robbery'
'THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY' - 1903
Shot in New Jersey, not Hollywood (which was still a few years away from movie production), an argument could be made for it as the new medium's first western, its first major hit and the source of its first memorable shock moment: A cowboy in close-up fires a pistol directly at the audience. Not bad for 12 minutes of screen time.