Author Archives: nicolaskrizan

The whole Dam family and the Dam dog (1905)

Quaint example of early 1900s comedy, based on funny postcards (!) and just as paper thin. The introduction takes up far more than half of the (short) running time and is really boring – though almost beautiful in a grotesquely … Continue reading

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The »Teddy« bears (1907)

Partly based on the well-known tale of Goldilocks, but with added mischief and surprising cruelty towards animals. Excruciatingly slow and undramatic storytelling with unimpressive child acting and clumsy costumes. Not in my book of bear acrobatics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv92LWq4xFc

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Imperfect 10

Actually forgot all about it, but then remembered that my little blog celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Still just as humble as its beginnings – mindboggling! So, will I be here in 2029? Well, who knows, but let’s hope … Continue reading

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Détresse et charité/The christmas angel (1904)

It’s not easy being a poor daughter. Unfit living quarters, ailing mother, demanding father, rude beggars, uncaring rich people, cruel cooks, indifferent policemen. A rag-and-bone man finally shows some mercy, but then what? Well, that depends, since this movie was … Continue reading

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Une excursion incohérente (1909)

Weird-looking travellers in strange clothes starts with a disgusting picnic and continues with a tumultuous stay in a building crammed with odd stop-motion antics. Inventive though chaotic. Not in my book of haunted houses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBGmDJFKdfs

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Hymyilevä mies (2016)

Oh, happy day? Very likeable boxing biopic of sorts about what really matters in life, with thoroughly convincing characters and sets. Understated and low key without ever becoming slow or boring. No bad guys. Don’t miss the nice finishing touch … Continue reading

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Le spectre rouge (1907)

A bony devil with oversized cape shows us a succession of mischievous tricks, mostly involving disappearances of beautiful women – then a brave amazon intervenes and takes over! Speedy and energetic, but not in my book of fire and brimstone. … Continue reading

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