The golden Louis (1909)

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A mistreated beggar girl in a cold, cruel world of recklessly partying noblefolks.

Simple story, bad acting. Not in my book of fatal irony.

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Her first adventure (1908)

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Little girl lost. Supposedly drama but looking more like comedy, this isn’t particularly successful either way.

Repetitive and boring. Not in my book of vagrant children.

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Faithful (1910)

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Odd story, priceless body language, one very bizarre character – and extremely shaky camerawork!

Only peripherally about marriage. Occasionally funny, but hardly in my book of irritating companions.

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Roundhay garden scene (1888)

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No story, no characterization, no subject matter – merely a peculiar fragment. A few seconds devoid of meaning, and still a definite must for every movie lover!

The earliest known piece of film in existence, by pioneering cinematographic inventor Louis Le Prince. In my book of historical merit.

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What drink did (1909)

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From happy husband and well-adjusted worker to devilish drunkard in just a few minutes – »A Thoughtful Moral Lesson« indeed!

Legendary director D.W. Griffith delivers another early short about the perils of alcohol. Not in my book of family woes despite a climactic shock towards the end.

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The drunkard’s reformation (1909)

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Touted as »The most powerful temperance lecture ever depicted« and incorporating scenes from »L’assommoir« by Emile Zola, this must have been a fairly ambitious endeavor.

Heavily didactic, painfully simplistic, somewhat touching – though far from my book of redemption.

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The lonely villa (1909)

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Cruel, clumsy criminals and distressed damsels a-plenty! Not overly exciting today, but probably a rather complex suspense story for its time.

Based on the sensationalist Grand Guignol play Au Telephone by »The Prince of Terror« André de Lorde, but severely diluted compared to the source material. Not in my book of cut telephone wires.

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