Tag Archives: 1900s

The lure of the gown (1909)

A peculiar little parable about the power of dressing. Heart-warming though rather ridiculous. Not in my book of street performers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMZv7JKsIII Advertisements

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Cauchemar et doux rêves (1908)

A series of strange whimsicalities, dramaturgically explained – in advance, even! – by the age-old excuse »it was just a dream« and finally followed up by a clash with reality. Inventive work by Segundo de Chomón, dubbed »The Spanish Méliès«. … Continue reading

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Edgar Allen Poe (1909)

Woe! High-strung gestures, hopeless suffering, and tragic misery of unfathomable proportions. Even so, this version of Poe has an almost chaplinesque touch! A historically inaccurate but dramatically clever double-take, intermingling life and art. Not in my book of misspelled names, … Continue reading

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Lucky Jim (1909)

Bizarre antics, effective storytelling, lively actors, hilarious body language – and a weak ending, unfortunately. Chronicling the pitfalls of marriage. Maybe in my book of exceedingly temperamental women.

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The golden Louis (1909)

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)

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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What drink did (1909)

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 … Continue reading

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