Life of an american fireman (1903)

A very didactic tale of horse-assisted firefighting that is surprisingly slow and pointless despite the dramatic subject.

Exceedingly boring given the short running time. Not in my book of double exposures and unimpressive housefires.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ym7-QW_GWo

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Métamorphoses (1912)

A stage act with »magic« stop motion parts and »spectacular« double-exposure end. Must have been thoroughly baffling more than a hundred years ago. Today, not much so.

Odd, extremely meaningless, only very mildly entertaining. Not in my book of various objects being burned by a charming actress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDafGw5PGHw

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Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1958)

Strange, slow, sublime, sometimes silly! Mesmerizing Jeanne Moreau walks around town all night long, looking for a man that didn’t show up – while things happen elsewhere…

A mixed bag of unexpected details, unbelievable story turns, and partly unconvincing actors. Maybe in my book of elevators.

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Carnage (2011)

A cruel and cynical dissection of grown-up morals, or lack thereof. Infernally funny, intentionally and extremely contrived, more than a bit tone-deaf at times.

Heavily indebted to Virginia Woolf and similar classics. Maybe in my book of theatrical futility.

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La maison ensorcelée (1908)

Odd trio visits strange building. Chaotic, weird, occasionally tedious. Not scary at all, though somewhat funny.

Bizarre, but not in my book of horror.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo2EKNRIQlE&t=6s

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La grenouille (1908)

The frog itself is quite impressive, actually almost believable despite the reasonably uncomplicated disguise. Otherwise this is a painstakingly handcolored though somewhat boring succession of alternating, supposedly beautiful and funny clips rather devoid of storytelling.

Not hurtful to look at, but not in my book of rotation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed1kBEO1bPs

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The night before Christmas (1905)

Santa is hard at work with the final preparations while the children wait eagerly, unable to sleep.

Almost zero drama or humor, just the expected course of events. Not in my book of pillow fighting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0_JCz8uzU

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