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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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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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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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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 … Continue reading

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