The Great Train Robbery

5 movies into cinema history and we have two robbery movies (this and Sherlock Holmes baffled). Criminality clearly inspires filmakers even in the early days. Why?
The first on screen murder on my journey into film history.

Shot entirely in wides except the famous final moment with the close of of the cowboy shooting at the camera (goodfellas). Watching the robbery’s play out unbroken was hypnotic. Waiting for the robbers to enter an empty frame was tense.

Watching the robbers wait for the train was intriguing (we know they’re watching something off screen but we don’t know what). The first example tending being build by letting the audience know what’s outside of the frame, as well as inside.