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1. The Last Picture Show (1971)
In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry).
It's 1951 in the small town of Anarene, located in the dust bowl of Texas. Sam the Lion, owner of the local café, pool hall and movie theater, and the unofficial father figure to many of the young men of the town, is one of the few people who seems content with his life in Anarene. Life in Anarene for the younger generation in particular seems to hold little interest and not much of a future. The sensitive Sonny Crawford and brusque Duane Jackson are high school seniors, co-captains of the hapless high school football team, and best friends. Duane is dating the beautiful Jacy Farrow, the daughter of the town's oil baron. Jacy's mother, Lois Farrow, offers Jacy advice for her future: marry the boy who offers the greatest opportunity, especially in escaping Anarene, that boy who isn't Duane. Jacy goes on that pursuit for good or bad. Sonny just broke up with his long time girlfriend Charlene Tuggs, the two who dated seemingly since there was nothing better to do. While Sonny dreams of Jacy, as do many of the boys, he ends up in an affair with middle aged Ruth Popper, the unhappy wife of the high school's football and basketball coach. These encounters and relationships, especially for Sonny, Duane and Jacy, who are just coming to the age of exploring their sexuality, show just what future there is for them in Anarene.
2. Siskel & Ebert (1986 TV Series)
Episode: Pacific Heights/King of New York/Miller's Crossing/Texasville (1990)
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review four new movies and examine the new movie rating, NC-17. Two thumbs down for qv##tt0100318##. It's "a cheap thriller with high-priced actors," says Siskel. Ebert decries the clichés, including It Was Only a Cat. Two more thumbs down for Abel Ferrara's qv##tt0099939##: it has good performances, a nice visual style -- and a preposterous plot. Two thumbs up for the Coen brothers' qv##tt0100150##, although Siskel praises it more highly; Ebert felt the plot was overcomplicated and implausible. Two thumbs up for qv##tt0103069##, Peter Bogdanovich's sequel to qv##tt0067328##. It's not up to the class of the first movie, but they agree it's well worth seeing. They hope the new movie rating, NC-17, will usher in movies, such as qv##tt0099762##, that can deal with adult subjects in mature ways. Finally, they recommend "The Last Picture Show", which will be coming to video soon.
3. Australian Story (1996 TV Series)
Episode: Nothing Like a Dame/The Last Picture Show (1999)
Dame Rachel Cleland, 93, assisted by her 90-year-old twin sisters, has mobilised some of Perth's leading lights in a fierce campaign to try to stop logging of the old growth forests in the south west of Western Australia. Doctors, fashion designers and sports personalities have all rallied to her cause in recent weeks much to the fury of Western Australia's Liberal Premier Richard Court. It's all made more surprising by the fact that Dame Rachel has impeccable blue ribbon political credentials herself. Her late husband was one of the co-founders, with Menzies, of the Liberal Party. Over a tea party one afternoon, she initiated the move that led to the ousting of Senator Noel Chricton-Browne, the man who once controlled the party machine in W.A. Dame Rachel grew up beside Swan River and as a little girl loved and admired the big trees. "There will be nothing left for posterity, if this logging continues," she says. PLUS: The Last Picture Show The Heddon Greta Drive-In, outside Newcastle, is one of only a handful of such theatres left in the country. When the Seddons went to inspect the Drive-In it was like walking into a time warp. Untouched by vandalism, the chip cups were waiting to be filled, the fryers were ready to be used again and the movie projector was in perfect working order. Slowly over the past couple of years, the Seddons have been bringing the Heddon Greta back to life for a whole new generation of movie goers.
4. Cold Turkey (2013)
A Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan goes from bad to worse when estranged daughter Nina makes a surprise visit home for the first time in 15 years. Nina clashes with her stepmother Deborah, and sister, Lindsay, while half-brother Jacob tries to keep a massive gambling debt a secret. Meanwhile, family patriarch Poppy has his own dramatic news to share. "Cold Turkey" is a black comedy about how - despite our best efforts - we all eventually turn into our parents. Starring Alicia Witt ("Friday Night Lights"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Sonya Walger ("Lost"), Victoria Tennant ("L.A. Story") and acclaimed writer-director Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show").
5. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 Documentary)
Based upon Peter Biskind's book of the same name, this BBC-produced documentary traces the rise of a generation of Hollywood filmmakers who briefly changed the face of movies with a more personal approach that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on-screen. Influential directors who appear include Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde"), Dennis Hopper ("Easy Rider"), Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather"), John Schlesinger ("Midnight Cowboy"), Bob Rafelson ("Five Easy Pieces") Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver"), Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show"), and Jonathan Demme ("Crazy Mama"). Narrated by William H. Macy, the documentary features vintage clips of Coppola, Scorsese, Beatty, George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah, Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, and Pauline Kael. It also includes original interview material with Penn; Roger Corman; Bogdanovich; Hopper; David Picker; writer/directors John Milius and Paul Schrader; actresses Karen Black, Cybill Shepherd, Margot Kidder, and Jennifer Salt; actors Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, and Richard Dreyfuss; producers Jerome Hellman, Michael Phillips, and Jonathan Taplin; editor Dede Allen; production designer Polly Platt; writers David Newman, Joan Tewksbury, Gloria Katz, and Willard Huyck; cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond; agent Mike Medavoy; and former production executive Peter Bart. Among the films discussed are "Rosemary's Baby," "The Wild Bunch," "Mean Streets," "American Graffiti," "The Rain People," "Midnight Cowboy," "M*A*S*H," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "The Last Picture Show," "Shampoo," and "Taxi Driver."
6. Directed by John Ford (1971 Documentary)
In 1971, Peter Bogdanovich was, perhaps, America's most promising young filmmaker, having directed the remarkable "Targets" (1968) and "The Last Picture Show" (1971) earning him an Academy Award nomination for the latter. At this point, he chose to make a documentary about legendary film director John Ford. The result was a documentary that drew excellent reviews, following a screening at the 1971 New York Film Festival and a television broadcast. It was later withdrawn from circulation because of legal rights. It was only in early 2006 that Bogdanovich - who was reportedly never totally happy with the 1971 version - went back and revamped the documentary to his satisfaction. He recorded totally new interviews with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg and incorporated a rare audio recording of Ford and his rumored 'significant other' Katharine Hepburn. He has integrated these new elements alongside the strongest sections from the first version - including extended interviews with Ford and collaborators such as John Wayne, Richard Widmark, James Stewart and Henry Fonda. The result is an entertaining, comprehensive and loving tribute to the man long regarded as one of America's greatest film directors. "Directed By John Ford" reminds the viewer that Peter Bogdanovich, along with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Steven Speilberg, is one of our most prominent and respected film historians to whom we all owe a great deal of gratitude.
7. Primetime (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Pete Rose Scandal/Crackdown in Columbia/The Last Picture Show/Dressed for Excess (1989)
"Pete Rose Scandal" discusses the scandal surround the former baseball player accused of gambling. "Crackdown in Colombia" looks at the on-going crackdown on drugs in the South American country. "The Last Picture Show" looks at the successful twelve year mission of Voyager 2. "Dressed for Excess" looks at the lavish 70th birthday of Malcolm Forbes.
8. Beauty and the Beast (1908 Short Film)
The old merchant bids his lovely daughters adieu and departs with an assistant on a business trip. After riding for a long distance through the forest the two travelers suddenly realize that they have lost their way. So, dismounting, they walk first in one direction and then in another in an effort to find the path which leads back to the village, and while they are thus exploring they come upon a beautiful garden in a remote part of the wood, where they sit down for a while to rest. The old merchant is attracted by the beautiful roses, stoops to pick up a few, when suddenly there appears out of a flame gushing up from the ground an ugly looking beast who reprimands the old man severely for trespassing on his premises and threatens him with death unless he promises him one of his beautiful daughters. After the old man has given his word the beast directs them to the right path, and the merchant is once more in his family circle. He tells his daughters of his meeting with the beast and of the terrible fate that is in store for her unless he gives one of them up to the ugly monster. The most beautiful of the three girls decides to sacrifice herself in order to save her father. She starts out for the beast's abode. Arriving in the garden, she is helping herself to the roses, when lo! he appears. When she sees what a repulsive creature he is, she spurns him, but on second thought she is touched with pity for the poor creature and follows him to his hut, where she finds him dying of grief at the thought of losing one so beautiful. A few kind words from her and he is suddenly transformed from a horrible beast to a dashing looking youth with whom she immediately falls in love. The last picture shows the young couple hastening to her father's home, where a splendid feast is given in honor of their marriage.
9. The Blind Woman's Story (1908 Short Film)
A painter, passing by a blind woman on the street, led by her faithful dog, finds the picture so pathetic that he takes the poor cripple to his studio, where she poses for him as a beggar woman. When the painting is completed he sends her to her home, after having given her a few dimes for her trouble. The old woman, on reaching her hovel, is met by her son, who brutally ill-treats her, for he is brutality and vice personified. To pay for drink the wretch does not hesitate to take the poor blind woman's painfully earned money, and not finding sufficient to satisfy his wants, sells her faithful guide, the poodle dog, to a fellow in crime. They are both seen enjoying in their wicked way the poor mother's pennies, and the dog, feeling himself free once more, returns to his old mistress. They both go forth in the streets again, when the old woman, losing her hold on her pet dog, goes in the wrong direction and falls down a steep cliff. The dog, intelligent and devoted, remembering the kind treatment received at the painter's house, goes for help and is soon returning to the place of the accident with the young artist and a gang of sturdy, kind-hearted men. The poor cripple is hauled out of her terrible position and the young artist and his pretty wife, appalled by such misery; take the old woman and her faithful dog to their home, and the last picture shows the young couple and the once poor beggar woman now enjoying happiness.
10. Hollywood Beat (1993 TV Series)
A cable talk-show which focuses on talented individuals who are on the cutting edge in their fields, zooms in on their perspectives of the industry, and provides a close-up and informative view of who these individuals are and how they attained their success. The show is geared to be not only a role-model for industry hopefuls, but to also be insightful enough for industry leaders. Among the many film industry guests and celebrities who have been interviewed on Hollywood Beat are Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich, whose film credits include The Last Picture Show which received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other guests have included Motion Picture Academy and Director's Guild President, director Arthur Hiller; Documentary Association President, Mel Stewart; and former MPA & DGA President, Oscar-winning director Robert Wise, who not only worked with legendary filmmaker Orson Welles on the motion picture masterpiece Citizen Kane, but went on to win Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for the film classics West Side Story and The Sound of Music.
11. Motherless (1909 Short Film)
In the days of Louis XV of France there lived one Diana de Vaudrey, to whom was born a little daughter totally blind. Diana's father-in-law, the proud Count de Vaudrey, insisted that his daughter should get rid of the afflicted child, and it was by his order that the little blind baby was placed on the church steps, where it was rescued by a poor family, who brought it up as their own and as the real sister of their daughter Henriette. After the death of these good people the two girls were left orphans, and Henriette, the older of the two, was the real mother to the little blind girl, who depended upon her for everything. But the sisters, becoming separated by an unfortunate accident, the younger one falls into the hands of an old hag named Mother Frochard, who believed she could raise money by having the pretty blind girl be on the street. The sufferings of the poor child while under the old hag's roof are indescribable; one must see the picture to get an idea of what she endured when compelled to stand for hours in the street and smilingly beg from every passerby. The faithful Henriette, who had never ceased her search for her little sister, finally finds her in the old witch's hovel, and through a chance acquaintance who happens to be related to the blind girl's own father, the sisters meet Diana. Countess de Vaudrey, who has never had a moment's happiness since she deserted her little blind baby so many years ago. Through the means of a tiny locket that the blind girl had always worn and which Henriette bad wrested from old Mother Frochard, who had stolen it when she held the girl prisoner, the Countess discovers that the blind girl that fate has brought in her path is none other than the wee babe she so cruelly deserted. Her happiness knows no bounds now that she can make up to the child for all she suffered during these sad years of separation. Henriette is also received by the happy Countess as her own, and the last pictures show the joy of the two orphans and the just punishment of the wicked old Mother Frochard.
12. The Blue Bird (1908 Short Film)
In this beautiful incline we see Princess Florine with her queen mother and sister Trouty in their apartment in the castle. Trouty, who is very ugly, is the spoilt child of the family, while Florine, who is beautiful, seems to be in no great favor with her mother, the Queen. The King now enters, bearing a message from Prince Charming, stating that he intends paying a visit, They make great preparations to entertain the young nobleman, and when he arrives they receive him with great pomp and ceremony. He is introduced to Florine and falls desperately in love with her at first sight, but the mother, who has other designs for her royal guest, presents Trouty, who she hopes will captivate the young man, but when the Prince sees her ugly face he turns away in disgust and leaves. The Queen has Florine locked up in the tower so as to be rid of her and her beguiling ways; but the girl's governess succeeds in getting the keys away from the keeper and is assisting Florine to in escape when they meet the Queen on the stairs and she forces the girl back into her prison. In the meantime, Prince ('harming, who has come to aid in the rescue, is waiting at the foot of the stairs. The mother, bent on having her way, throws a veil over Trouty's head, and the happy Prince, thinking the veiled lady is the beautiful Florine, gently leads her away to the fairy Queen and King, who make great preparations for the wedding. Just as they are about to be married he discovers the deception and denounces the woman, and refuses to accept her as his wife. The King, to protect him in his designs, turns him into a blue bird and he flies away, paying a visit to Florine in the tower. The soldiers chase the bird and capture it, and take it back to the Fairy King, who changes it into Prince Charming again. The young man is then supplied with an army, which he leads in an attack on the castle, and, rescuing Florine, carries her away to Fairyland. The last picture shows the grand reception and the marriage of the happy Prince and Florine, while they kneel and receive the father's blessing.
13. The Curse of Drink (1908 Short Film)
In this picture we see a happy little home, where the mother and son are awaiting the father's return home from his daily toil. He comes in, with a companion, and tells his family that he is going to the tavern to have one social drink with his friend, and that he will return immediately. They go out and have their drink, and start back home, but stop to have another, and after a few more, the man forgets all about his loved ones, who are anxiously awaiting his return. He goes on from tavern to tavern, until the accursed beverage takes its usual effect, and changes him from a kind, inoffensive man to a raging fiend. In one place he becomes boisterous and wants to fight, and when the proprietor remonstrates with him, he seizes a chair and strikes him severely over the back. He then grabs a bottle and brandishing it in the air, keeps the rest of the crowd at bay while he makes his escape. In the meantime his wife is becoming anxious and sends her son out to look for the father. The young man goes to the different taverns in the neighborhood, but at each place is told that his father has gone home. As the youth starts back he sees his parent coming toward him, pursued by an angry mob, he hastens to his father's assistance, but the latter, in his stupor, strikes him over the head with the bottle, thereby inflicting a terrible wound, and leaving the boy prostrate on the ground. He eludes his pursuers, and returns home to his anxious wife. Not long after his arrival the injured boy is borne in, and when he accuses his father of the ghastly deed, the latter becomes violent with remorse and is carried away a raving maniac. The last picture shows him being placed in an asylum for the insane, a hopeless lunatic from the effects of his first drink.
14. The Little Cripple (1908 Short Film)
The hero of this story is a little boy who has no legs, shuffling painfully along on a pair of crutches. His friend is a little fellow whose mother keeps the village tavern, and the opening scene finds the boys playing in front of the house, when a drunken man goes staggering into the inn. He orders several drinks and then falls asleep with his head on the table. Now the lads, apparently tired of playing, part, and the tavern woman's son enters his home. Wishing to close the inn, the mother tries to arouse the sleeper, but finally decides to allow him to spend the night by the table; the boy turns his attention to his school lessons, and after his mother goes to bed all is quiet. Now, outside of the boarded entrance to the tavern, two desperadoes appear, and they soon succeed in jimmying their way in. Entering the barroom, they see the boy, but manage to tiptoe by him unobserved to the chamber above. Here they attack the woman before she can spread the alarm, and ransacking the room, go again to the barroom; sneaking up behind the occupied little fellow they suddenly throw a sheet about him and carry him off. But as they go from the tavern they are seen by the legless friend of their captive, and he follows them, for he has divined the situation. As soon as they reach some passerby he passes, the alarm and some people go for aid. Meanwhile the murder of the woman has been discovered, and the suspect is the innocent drunkard who had fallen asleep at the table; the corpse is taken in custody, and the protesting man is taken to the police station, accused. But the little cripple during this time has been following his men, and they lead him to the water side, where they take the unconscious form of the boy into a boat and pull out from the shore. Waiting only to throw off the wooden stumps which serve him as limbs, the little fellow dives into the water and is soon swimming desperately after the boat, unobserved. When in midstream the robbers drop the boy over into the water, and turn back to shore. Of course, the legless swimmer rescues his friend, but when the men reach the shore the police are waiting and after a fierce fight they are captured. The next scene shows the accusation of the men, but they deny their guilt, insisting that the drunkard is the criminal. At once the door opens and the crippled hero enters, and straightway tells his story, after which the suspect is set free and the others incarcerated. The last picture shows the tavern boy thanking his rescuer.
15. Cinema-N-Focus (2014 TV Series)
Episode: The Coming of Sound (2014)
Episode Four of the educational series Cinema-N-Focus: The Coming of Sound is an in-depth and entertaining look at the technology and inspiration behind the audible revolution of the cinema. Prior to the innovations that would bring the talkies to life, cinemas relied largely on in-house sound effects and musical accompaniments to live-score films. The mighty Wurlitzer was as common as cowboys and melodramas on the silver screen. But the early inventions of Thomas Edison, W.K.L. Dickson and many others would prove the world over that the promise of galloping horses, fully formed musicals and laser-paced dialogue was not far from reality. Tracking these early developments into the 1920 and 1930s, we delve deeper into the artistic, commercial and cultural aspirations of the talking picture. 1927s The Jazz Singer blew the doors off of Hollywood and completely changed the model of film-making for years to come. Studios not only had to invest in new technology to capture effective sound, but theaters had to update entire chains in order to keep up with the demands of its audience. Overall, though, the conversion to sound would prove fruitful for those willing to capitalize off of its endless possibilities. This episode of Nuray Pictures' educational series features interviews with writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), University of Miami professor and sound editor Jeffrey Stern (Boardwalk Empire), Savannah College of Art and Design professor and Academy Award winner David Stone (Bram Stoker's Dracula) and University of Miami professor Dr. William Rothman.
16. Cinema-N-Focus (2014 TV Series)
Episode: Hollywood Studio System (2014)
Episode Three of the educational series Cinema-N-Focus: Hollywood Studio System covers the period from the early 1900s into the heyday of Hollywood's classical era, where a handful of Eastern European immigrants came to America with the hopes of making it big and, in turn, created one of the most powerful institutions known the world over. The movies have always been harbingers of dreams, and these men, from Carl Laemmle to Darryl F. Zanuck, birthed a place where these flickers of light would touch audiences in even the darkest of times. Having to navigate the rocky terrain left by Thomas Edison and the Motion Pictures Patent Corporation, these entrepreneurs decided to take their aspirations out west to California, where they could expand upon their crafts. Soon, the mammoth studios such as Warner Brothers, Fox, Paramount and many others would come to fruition, and the success of their output would forever change the way we look at entertainment. Exploring not only the business side of these entities, we take a look at the men who formed them, getting to know them as the dreamers they were and earning a deeper appreciation of the work they did. This episode of Nuray Picture's educational series features interviews with writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), University of Miami professor Dr. Christina Lane, University of North Carolina School of the Arts professor Dale M. Pollock and the Savannah College of Art and Design professor and producer Andrew Meyer (Fried Green Tomatoes, The Breakfast Club).
17. Cinema-N-Focus (2014 TV Series)
Episode: The Development of Continuity & Narrative Form (2014)
Episode Two of the educational series Cinema-N-Focus: The Development of Continuity & Narrative Form, follows the first decade of cinema's existence. Job titles like director, cinematographer and editor were still years away, but pioneers such as George Méliès and Edwin S. Porter made them viable. Nipping at the heels of these individuals were burgeoning filmmakers from across the globe that were ready to keep cinema from being a passing fad. The development and ubiquity of nickelodeon theaters helped not only bring the cinema to a mass audience, but with regularity, as well. This episode uses these occurrences as a starting point for the next pivotal twelve years. Amid Thomas Edison's increasing attempts to run a full-scale monopoly over the film industry, certain names continued to crop up seemingly out of nowhere. In the late 1800s, it was Alice Guy Blaché in France. By the early 1910s, there were people from Italy, such as Giovanni Pastrone, who were changing the mobility of the camera. Then, there was D.W. Griffith at the forefront of visual narrative. His early short films, including A Corner in Wheat, was indicative of someone who was willing to take risks in order to tell a functional visual story for more than five minutes. Griffith, of course, changed the industry in 1915 with his film The Birth of a Nation. Building off what Pastrone did in his 1914 film Cabiria, Griffith created the United States' first epic. The fallout from some of the movie's racist themes, though, would haunt Griffith for the rest of his career. This episode of Nuray Pictures' education series features interviews with writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), film producer and current Savannah College of Art and Design professor Michael Nolin (Mr. Holland's Opus) and University of Miami professors Dr. Christina Lane and Dr. William Rothman.
18. Cinema-N-Focus (2014 TV Series)
Episode: The Origins of Cinema (2014)
Episode One of the educational series Cinema-N-Focus: The Origins of Cinema is exactly as it sounds: an extensive look at the beginning years of movie making, yet it is so much more. Before Thomas Edison and the Lumière Brothers, there were a slew of innovative objects that acted as precursors to the first cinematic inventions, including the phenakistoscope, the zoetrope, Eadweard Muybridges horse photography and the Eastman Kodak film stock. These were all important road maps for Edison as he began to devise his Kinetoscope with W.K.L. Dickson in 1894. It was this same ingenuity that gave Auguste and Louis Lumire the idea to make a cumbersome projector system into one that was portable called the Cinématographe. With new equipment and techniques growing each year, a small group of artists began to emerge. Led by French magician, George Méliès, cinema was quickly becoming an avenue for creativity. Méliès' 1902 film A Trip to the Moon employed techniques like superimposition and dissolves that were not seen in the Kinetoscope parlors. Edwin S. Porter, an employee of the Edison Company, took the reins and helped set the foundation for a style of transitional editing that became the standard in America in the early 1900s. His 1903 film The Great Train Robbery was evidence of not only this, but was also America's first western. This episode of Nuray Pictures' educational series features interviews with writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), University of Miami professors Dr. Christina Lane, Dr. William Rothman and Tom Musca, film historian and Wesleyan professor Jeanine Basinger, former studio executive and current University of North Carolina School of the Arts professor Dale M. Pollock, and film producer and current Savannah College of Art and Design professor Michael Nolin (Mr. Holland's Opus).
19. Engulfed in Quicksands (1908 Short Film)
A poor unfortunate is begging from passers-by, but nobody seems to care to help him. He wanders about the streets, making piteous appeals, but of no avail. Finally he comes to a hut where a poor man and his wife and baby are seated, and they, on seeing the unfortunate, call him into the house. The young wife prepares something from her scanty store, and the beggar is soon eating ravenously. He rests at the house for a little while, caressing the little curly-haired boy baby of the kind-hearted couple. When the beggar is talking to the parents the child goes out to play, and soon is forgotten. Suddenly they are alarmed by its cries, apparently, for the father runs out, and soon returns, carrying his injured little boy in his arms. The beggar is handy with first aid, and endeavors in every way to show his gratitude. And when it becomes necessary to call a doctor he volunteers to bear the note. The father writes a request to the physician, and after instructing the beggar as to the course, dispatches him. The anxious man runs earnestly along, but being a stranger, soon loses his way. He endeavors to find a path and wanders to the beach, where, as he walks, he suddenly finds himself sinking into the mire. The terrible truth that he is caught in a quicksand dawns upon him, and he struggles frantically, but it sucks him further down. He tears and tugs madly for liberty, but down, down, down he goes, until he is completely engulfed in the murky sand, and the last picture shows only a writhing, twitching hand protruding from the sand.
20. Don Juan (1908 Short Film)
In this beautiful film we see the great Don Juan in his many escapades and in his conquests over his rivals in his love affairs. The first picture shows him at a grand reception, overhearing the girl he is in love with making an engagement with his hated rival, telling him to come to her when she gives a signal from the window. Our hero lies in wait the next night, follows his victim, heavily masked, and approaches him as he is waiting to be called by the girl. They engage in a controversy and end by fighting a duel, in which Don Juan kills his rival. When the maiden gives the signal for her lover to come to her, Don Juan goes in instead and makes ardent love to her before she discovers his identity. When he tells her of his nefarious crime and forces his attentions on her, she seizes a dagger and plunges it into her body, while he escapes. The next picture shows her after she has recovered, and we see her father placing her in a convent, to be out of her wooer's reach. Don Juan and a friend come and, summoning the keys, they make their way to the girl's apartment and carry her away to his home. The father calls at the convent and discovers the girl is gone, traces her to Don Juan's house and appears as the young man is making ardent love to his daughter. Infuriated at his boldness, he denounces him and demands the surrender of the girl. They fight a duel, in which the father is killed, thus adding another death to the record of the so-called young hero. We next see the girl at her father's tomb, when she is approached by her old lover, and he, in his gallant and winning way, is soon forgiven by the maiden for the sorrow he caused her. He takes her back to his apartment and is making love to her when the ghost of her dead father appears and, denouncing Don Juan, orders him under pain of death to cease his attentions to the young lady. We see Don Juan cringing at the feet of the father and, when he raises his head, the figure has disappeared. The last picture shows us Don Juan at the tomb where the statue of the father has come to life and is denouncing him and showing him the vision of the funeral of his daughter's lover whom he killed, and the daughter passing him with scorn. Don Juan is seen begging forgiveness for his many deeds when he disappears in a flame, while the young lady comes peacefully to place a wreath on her father's tomb.
21. The Flight from the Seraglio (1907 Short Film)
The caliph's favorite wife is coming, riding on a camel with one of her slaves. The procession passes a restaurant, where two Englishmen, Sir Hopkins and Mr. Jackson, are sitting between the Turkish guests. The two foreigners perceive the strange Eastern performance. The young Mr. Hopkins falls in love with the beautiful Sulejma. He imagines he receives a look from the black eyes, which promises him a great reward if he will exert himself and obtain it. He at once sets to work with all his energy. From a wandering chemist he buys an opiate, his friend takes it and succeeds in putting it into a bottle of wine intended for the caliph's harem guard. When the two eunuchs are sleeping soundly on their guard, the daring young man sneaks into the harem to see if he has understood the black eyes right. His appearance creates great consternation among the ladles of the harem. He has just made sure that he did understand the language of the black eyes as the caliph appears, and for this time puts an end to his impudence. The two sleeping eunuchs are imprisoned, and the new guard is cautioned to keep a sharp lookout. The lovesick young man keeps his aim in view. That which cannot be gained in one way, must be obtained in another. He buys a basket and some clothes from an old woman, and disguised as a basket woman he easily gains admittance to the harem. This time he is more successful. Sulejma sends the slaves away, gets into the basket and permits the courageous young man to carry her away. At the city gateway the fugitives are overtaken. The pursuers are close by, and Sulejma cannot run as quickly as necessary. A Turk is just passing by with two horses: quick as lightning Mr. Hopkins pounces upon him, throws him to the ground and jumps into his saddle. Jackson helps Sulejma on the other horse and off they go. Jackson stays back, prepared to sacrifice his own life, rather than let the caliph outside the city wall. He shoots the caliph and then sinks down, shot by one of his pursuers' bullets. His and the caliph's death have saved Mr. Hopkins' life and that of his sweetheart. The consternated guards lose their senses and forget the pursuing. The last picture shows us Mr. Hopkins and Sulejma on board the English vessel, which is to carry them to a more reliable harbor.
22. Strasburg (1908 Documentary)
This film is sure to meet with the approval of all who are fortunate enough to see it. for it takes us on a trip through the famous old City of Strasburg, showing us the ancient cathedral with the remarkable old clock, also the main street of the city, which is a very busy and up-to-date thoroughfare. Next we take a ride down the beautiful river, and enjoy the many quaint scenes along the picturesque banks. The public gardens are worthy of special mention for they are a credit to the old town with their beautiful lawns and well-trimmed trees and magnificent flowers in profusion. We get a good view of the soldiers drilling on the public square, also some of the magnificent mansions of which the city can proudly boast. The last picture shows us the stork, as a family pet, perched on the housetops and coming down to get food for the young. They are taken good care of by their owners, and we see one getting his bath and cared for similar to the way Americans care for their dogs.
23. Mr. Fuzz (1908 Short Film)
Mr. Fuzz shortly after he has opened his eyes for the first time on the light of this world. He is a queer little creature and does not present a very attractive appearance, as he is carried around in the arms of his nurse among the amused friends of his parents. In the next picture, which is sixteen years later, he is bewailing his fate and feeling humiliated at his ugliness, when all at once the good Fairy Queen appears to him and shows him in a vision a beautiful Princess, telling him that if he succeeds in winning her love he will be transformed into a dashing young man. The next scene is in the castle, where we see the beautiful young Princess, who is the laughing stock of the court for her dullness and stupidity. She feels her position keenly when she is jeered at by all the courtiers, in the presence of her mortified parents, the King and Queen. When she is alone, the Fairy Queen appears and tells her that her future husband holds it in his power to make her intelligent and witty. She goes forth in search of him, and as she is passing through the woods, she meets Fuzz, and is horrified at his ugliness, but is willing to try her fate, so promises to marry him one year hence. The engagement has its desired effect, for when she returns to court, she astonishes every one present by her wit and humor, and in place of being the laughing stock, she is now looked upon as a wonder. When the year elapses, however, she forgets her promise, until one day, when passing through the woods, she enters a cave and sees a lot of nymphs preparing a wedding feast. Upon learning that they are preparing for her own wedding, she hastens forth in search of her future husband. She soon meets Mr. Fuzz, and when she tells him that she is ready to become his wife, he is immediately changed into a handsome young fellow, which causes her no end of delight, so they hurry off to the palace and after receiving the patents' blessing, they are married. The last picture shows the wedding feast and the happy young couple in the midst of all their friends, who shower them with congratulations.
24. Dieppe Circuit 1908 (1908 Documentary)
In this thrilling picture we see some of the perils of the great French motor race and get a good view at close range of all the principal and dangerous points along the course. The picture shows us two distinct races going over the same course, one is the competition for light runabouts, and the other for heavy racers. The first picture shows the men getting ready for the struggle, and starting away amidst the cheers of the excited throng. In each race we see the cars from the same points and get a clear view of the road from an elevation, and see them dashing along at a terrific rate of speed. We get a view at close range of one of the machines as it dashes around a curve, and turns turtle, rolling over many times, killing the driver and injuring the assistant. The next picture shows a point on the course where there are two curves within a short distance of one another, and the spectators are held spellbound as the cars reach this point and round them at a terrific speed. A few go amiss, however, and we see them turn completely around and topple over. Another point of interest is at a very sharp curve, similar to the hairpin curve on the Vanderbilt course, which is enclosed by a high fence to keep the spectators back. The cars dash around it at full speed and a number make it without a mishap, but we see a few who lose control of their cars, skid around and dash through the fence, upsetting, and causing no end of excitement. The last picture shows the finish and we get a view at close range of the winners and their cars, and see their happy faces as they receive the beautiful and well deserved trophies.
25. A Dear Old Grandma (1908 Short Film)
The love of a sweet old lady for two little foundlings, whom she brings up with the same loving care she would have given to her own children. The first picture shows us the droll way she gains possession of her charges. One day, while watering the garden, she discovers the tiny tots under a large cabbage leaf, and from that time on never ceases in her care and devotion to the little strangers. Three years have elapsed, when the next scene opens, and the cabbage babies are now sturdy children, showing by their healthy looks and happy faces what a comfortable home they have found. Grandma (always planning some new pleasure) is taking the little ones for a jaunt to the seaside. They listen eagerly as she tells them some instructive little stories, among other things to be kind to the poor dumb animals, who are so dependent upon man for kindness. Finally we see them at the age of twenty, when Grandma, now in the sunset of life, is enjoying the reward of her kind act of so many years ago, as the dutiful children now tend and watch over her with the same loving care as she did over them in the years gone by. One day, while the old lady is out in the garden, she is suddenly stricken, and as the young people rush to her assistance, we see her pass peacefully away in their arms. The last picture shows her sorrowing children as they enter the cemetery to pay a loving tribute to her memory by placing upon her grave a quantity of beautiful flowers.
26. Regattas in London (1908 Documentary)
The college boat races in London are here depicted. The gay holiday crowds on the Thames and the preparation for the race is first shown. The crew are seen carrying their shell from the boathouse, seat themselves in it and pull off from the shore. The start of the race, which is between two eight-oared crews, comes next, and then the contestants are seen in full swing, their bodies bending in unison to the graceful, powerful sweeps of their slender oars, which cut the water without a splash. Views from different points along the course are given, the last being the finishing point, where one of the boats sweeps into victory about ten seconds ahead of the losing crew. The last picture shows the swans which have lent beauty to the scene being pulled out of the water and placed in a flatboat.
27. An Uncle by Marriage (1907 Short Film)
A boardinghouse keeper is dozing in his hammock when a mischievous young man, a boarder, cuts the rope and upsets him. He promises to even matters, but fails to do so. When he is next seated under a window with a young lady the boarder drops a fishing line and lifts his wig off. Not content, the boarder leads him a merry chase for the wig. Several people join the old man and when he almost catches the fellow he is repulsed by a stream from a hose. The young man with the wig next jumps into a boat, and the pursuer, in attempting to follow is upset into the water. Again, after this, he falls off a bridge. Bald-headed and disgusted he is fished out; filled with anger, he writes out an offer of $1,000 reward for the capture, dead or alive, of the mischievous boarder. The next scene is laid six months later. The young man is marrying. He signs the contract, and all are ready to go to church. A messenger enters, and hands a note from the bride's' rich uncle reading that he is on his way- and will be present at the marriage of his dear niece. Everybody is pleased, and they are now gathered in church, when the door opens and a man enters with a grip. But while the bride embraces her dear uncle, the groom seeks a means of escape, for the newcomer is none other than his former landlord. In a twinkling the old man recognizes him, and there is a grand mêlée. But the last picture shows him giving his blessing to the young couple, the groom begging many pardons.
28. Unsuccessful Flirts (1908 Short Film)
Two young ladies and their colored page are seen in a store at the soda fountain enjoying some refreshments when a couple of men enter and try to flirt, but the ladies make a hasty exit, leaving the flirts to imbibe in their sodas, which seems to be well mixed with firewater, for in a short time both fellows are under the influence and are lying on the floor sleeping off the effects. In a dream one of them sees the girls going through the park feeding the swans, and as they come up the girls seek other quarters. The fellows call the little page and give him their cards and follow the ladles to a café, where they are partaking of some lunch. They receive the cards and just as the men come up the ladies disappear into space. We next see the mashers following them through the woods and the same incident takes place, and again when the girls are seated on the lawn, they disappear and in their place is seen three dolls. Finally, the men come upon them as they are about to drive off in a carriage, and as the mashers climb into the rig the girls again disappear, leaving the fellows alone. The last pictures show the flirts making love to two women on a bench in a park, and they, too, disappear. Waking up they order more drink, and when refused they break up the furnishings and are promptly ejected.
29. A Trip Through Russia (1908 Documentary)
This beautiful picture takes us on an interesting and instructive trip through parts of Russia, where we learn something about the customs of the peasants, as well as those of the inhabitants of the towns. The first picture gives a beautiful view of the Caucasus Mountains, which are picturesque in the extreme. We also see the Tyrol River, as it winds its way through the mountains, forming beautiful rapids and waterfalls. Next we see the port of Odessa, and note the large boats being unloaded of their merchandise which is carried away in large wagons, drawn by heavy oxen. The last picture shows us a public square in the city, where the troops are assembled for drill, and we see the soldiers marching by at close range.
30. Paris Fire Brigade (1908 Documentary)
Pictures of the American fire fighters and the wonderful manner in which they save life and property have always been received by the public with unbounded enthusiasm This picture is something new in this line, for it shows us how the Paris firemen fight fires, and gives us an idea of the marvelous system employed in this country. The first picture is turning in the alarm, and there is a view of the fire station just as the alarm is sounded, and we note with amazement the quick time the men make as they leap from their beds, dress and stand ready at his post. It is a splendid sight to see the engines dash down the street at speed, and we note with interest that many of them, as they speed madly on, are run by motor. The next picture shows the brigade at work turning the high pressure streams on a tower, while the brave firemen are seen carrying people down the ladders. The laddies who are compelled to go down into the smoke-filled cellar wear huge helmets similar to those worn by divers, which completely cover their heads and save them from suffocation. The last picture shows the brigade trying to save a big warehouse which has become a raging furnace, and one cannot help admiring the magnificent training these men exhibit. At the word of command they act like one man, scaling high walls and performing many wonderful feats.
31. St. Moritz (1908 Documentary)
So much is told us Americans about the grandeur of the Alps and the beautiful country of Switzerland that we try to stretch our imagination and travel there in fancy. But, strange to say, we can never appreciate the beauty of this country until we have the privilege and pleasure of seeing such a picture as this, which gives us a clear idea of the beauty of this country and the happy customs of the people who are fortunate enough to live in such a magnificent place. This picture is taken in St. Moritz and shows us how dwellers there enjoy life during the cold winters with their many sports. The first picture shows the crowds on the ice playing hockey; then we see the great sport of tobogganing, which is enjoyed by old and young. The town is situated on a hillside, which affords great opportunities for this sport, and the toboggans start at one end of the town and go all through the place, having it so arranged that they come back to the starting point. The children take their sleds to school and it is enjoyable to see them when the hours of study are over, starting for home down the toboggan slide. The last picture shows the great winter carnival, which is a feature of the winter's festivities, showing all the people dressed in grotesque costumes on the ice, dancing and skating around and enjoying life, as only they know how to enjoy it.
32. Manners and Customs of Australia (1907 Documentary)
The first view of this film shows the Hawkesberry River and the steel bridge spanning it. This is followed by a view on the busy Rue a Melbourne, after which several types of uncivilized Australians are shown, one of them being pictured throwing the boomerang. Now is seen a large ostrich farm, a big herd of the fine birds being in view. The manner of plucking the plumes out of the tails is demonstrated, a powerful bird being cornered against a fence for this purpose. He puts up a terrific struggle, and the men are forced to drop a black hood over his head to get the feathers, which are now shown. The next scene is the killing of scores of rabbits which infest and destroy the Australian crops. Dogs and huge clubs wielded by boys figure here. The last pictures show several typical wild horses, the cowboys trying to mount them, suffering several shakings-up in the attempt.
33. The Bachelor's Visit (1909 Short Film)
Old Batch is discovered sitting in front of his swell club trying to get a little fresh air, as the weather is extra warm. His old friend, Tom Breeze, calls on him and invites him to take a trip out in the country to his home, where everything is cool and pleasant. Batch consents on Breeze promising to be back in the city the next day. The next scene shows Breeze and Batch just making the ferryboat after a hard run. If Batch was hot at the start, he is hotter now, and as he jumps on the boat he tells Breeze what he thinks of him. He is so mad that he walks off, forgetting to take his satchel. As he leaves, a sneak thief who has been standing at the side of the boat sees a chance to make a haul, and after finding out no one is looking, picks up the satchel and makes off. In the meantime. Batch has been standing on the upper deck, where Breeze has taken him to get the fresh air, when he suddenly discovers the loss of his satchel. Breeze tells him where he left it and together they start to find it. On reaching the lower deck Batch sees the thief with the satchel open, in the act of stealing his box of cigars. With a bound he is on him, but the thief escapes, while Batch blames Breeze for leaving the satchel behind. Next Batch is seen arriving at Breeze's home and being introduced to the family. There is a general family row, from which Breeze finally escapes and goes to find his friend. Breeze finds Batch looking over a time-table in order to find out what time the next train leaves. The last picture shows Batch telling what he thinks of Breeze and his entire family,
34. Tunisian Industries (1908 Documentary)
Pictures of travel in foreign countries are always sure to please, for so many American pictures continually show us scenes that are in close contact with our every-day life, and therefore we like a change in scenery and customs. In this interesting picture we see the natives of Tunis in their different enterprises, and it gives us an idea of the manners and customs of a race so far apart from the Anglo-Saxon. First we see the old wood carver at his work, making all sorts of beautiful objects. Then the scissors grinders, men weaving beautiful rugs, making rope, bamboo baskets, sieve making, and many more enterprises too numerous to mention. The last picture shows an old copper pounder, and his work is extremely artistic, as we see it at close range, and note with amazement the wonderful carving on the copper plate.
35. A Profitable Marriage (1909 Short Film)
Here we see a young man about town who has a most disagreeable task before him and that is to ask his stingy old uncle for financial assistance. The old man, after hearing what his sporty nephew has to say, refuses absolutely to give him any cash, but promises the young man if he will marry a nice young girl, to let him have twenty-five thousand dollars as a wedding gift. This proposition meets with the approval of the young sport, but he is at a loss to know which young woman among his acquaintances to choose for a life partner, so hastens to a matrimonial bureau, where he selects a dashing vivacious young damsel as his future wife. The jolly pair start out to have the ceremony performed and while going down the street they secure the service of some tradesmen, who volunteer to act as their witnesses. The whole party crowds into a cab and proceeds to the Justice of the Peace, where the knot is tied, after which the young man treats his guests to a square meal in honor of the great occasion. Going then to the home of his uncle he presents his blushing bride, who wins the old man's heart at once by her affectionate ways and he signs the wedding check, after which the happy young couple start on their way to enjoy the bliss of married life. The last picture shows the home of the couple one year later, where great excitement reigns, for the happy father is holding three kicking little cherubs in his arms while he listens to his delighted old uncle's words of congratulation.
36. Bicycle Polo (1908 Documentary)
The idea of playing polo on bicycles is very uncommon, and as a result there are a great many lovers of outdoor sport who have never had the opportunity of witnessing this particular game. In this picture we see the American and English teams made up of two players to a side, competing for the honors, and it is interesting to note the skillful way that they manipulate the ball with the wheels of their bicycles, and some very clever trick riding is necessary in order to keep their gravity and at the same time score a point. As the game proceeds it becomes very exciting, for in their efforts to hit the ball they lose their balance and go sprawling, but are soon mounted again and ready for business. The last picture shows the American team winning and we get a view at close range of the contestants after the battle and they all seem the worse for the wear.
37. Wedding in Brittany (1908 Documentary)
A picturesque celebration shows the prettily costumed Britons with their sturdy wives leaving the church, where the ceremony was performed. The feast is next in order, and on a huge lawn, simple board tables with benches are laid out in long rows, and the guests take their places at the sumptuous repast which was cooked in the open air. When the feast is over, the poor of the vicinity are served what remains. The merriment of the banquet over, the guests disperse about the lawn, where to the tune of the bag-piper, who plays from a farm wagon, they dance a picturesque gavotte and another native dance in which the hundred participants are formed in a huge circle which, moves slowly round as the dancers execute an intricate step. The film includes a view of the simple wedding presents, and the last picture shows the young bridal couple.
38. Última sesión (2013 Short Film)
During the last picture show a young couple is meeting and an old couple is saying goodbye, at all before the light switch off and the doors close, and to come the silent into the cinema. 'The Last Session' pays homage to cinema, to enjoy films on the big screen, and the end of 35mm film format.
39. Kit Carson (1910 Short Film)
Kit Carson, the scout, picturesquely attired, mounted on a whirlwind horse, saves a band of settlers from the attack of an Indian band. The savages are discovered by Carson In full war paint riding at breakneck speed to the attack. In a sensational gallop from cabin to cabin he rounds up the settlers and sees them safely installed in the stockade. Scene after scene of startling intensity is shown, holding the audience breathless as the mad race for cover is made, with the shrieking Indians missing their quarry by a providential second. Carson knows full well that the little band cannot long withstand the attack of the savages, and rides for reinforcements, urging his steed to a terrific pace. While he is absent the unequal conflict is raging, the pioneers' wives and children loading the guns and the men tiring. The Indians circle round and round, showering volleys of arrows into the little fortress. The ranks of the whites are thinned and the redmen suffer heavy losses when the invaders succeed in setting fire to the stockade. In the meantime Carson has reached a camp of trappers. The situation is explained in a word and they dash furiously to the rescue, arriving in the nick of time. The Indians are put to rout, followed to their camp and destroyed, and their tepees burned. The last picture shows the whites riding away, leaving behind them a spectacular blaze as a grim reminder of their vengeance.
40. The Ringleader (1909 Short Film)
Among a lot of hard-working men in a lumber yard is one indolent fellow, who is caught loafing by the president of the concern, who discharges the lazy fellow on the spot. The latter waits at the gate for his fellow-workmen, whom he infuses with an arbitrary feeling, and putting himself up as their ringleader, persuades them to strike out of sympathy for his untimely discharge, also to receive more pay and shorter hours. The group hold an indignation meeting and all sign an agreement to quit work except the foreman of the yard and his son, who are not in sympathy with the cause, having a large family of little ones depending upon their wages. The next day, when the latter are at work, the mob of ruffians surround their home and wreck the place with stones, driving the terrified family nearly to distraction by their nefarious conduct. Under the guidance of their ringleader the strikers then go to the office of the president and present their terms, but only meet with a cold rebuff from the stern old man, who orders them all off of his premises. Bent upon having revenge, the angry mob rush into the yard and attack the foreman and his son, and when the fracas is ended the youth is lying dead on the ground, while the cowardly mob makes a hasty departure. The heartbroken father carries the lifeless form of his son home to the afflicted family, and they are a pitiful little group in the dire distress which their adherence to honor and righteousness has brought upon them. The last picture shows the little family of mourners returning from the funeral of the innocent victim, and the same mob of cowards are there with heads bent low, for they have had time to ponder over the rash act and feel the pangs of remorse. The old president addresses the men, and in his speech points out to them their folly in following the precepts of their cowardly leader. His words have the desired effect upon the conscience-stricken men and each one gives his word of honor to return to work, after which they turn on their leader and mete out to him his just punishment.
41. Making Tambourines (1909 Documentary)
The use of tambourines in many different ways makes the manufacturing of these instruments a very important and lucrative industry. In this picture we get a vivid idea of the skill required in making them, and we see the workmen engaged in the task from the time that the frame is cut from the rough wood until they receive the finishing touches. Some are extremely plain, while others are very artistically decorated and display great skill in workmanship. The last picture shows how they are used in sunny Italy where we enjoy a beautiful tarantella danced by the natives and each strums on the tambourine keeping time with the strains of the music.
42. I Am Mourning the Loss of Chloe (1908 Short Film)
Whether Chloe is his mother-in-law or his divorced wife is an even guess. But the mourner in this case is a distinguished looking gentleman who goes forth to pay his respects. He proceeds straight to a florist and takes a huge horseshoe of flowers on his arm and a ponderous wreath about his person. Thus laden he proceeds only a short way when he meets a friend. Of course, he takes well to the argument that he should drown his sorrow, and together they go for a drink. They imbibe rather freely and then go on their way. Meeting more friends, they visit various other drinking resorts. In this way, the mourner makes a heroic attempt to drown his sorrows; but it seems as if these sorrows are good swimmers, for after each drink they are still afloat, and more liquor is necessary. Still carrying the floral pieces and feeling very unsteady, the quartet go to a picpic which happens to obstruct their path. The dancing is going on, and after a few drinks, the mourner approaches a lady, not seeing her escort; she is a pert lassie, and promptly smites him on the optic. His friends go to the rescue, and in a moment there is a battle royal, in which the ill-fated floral pieces are completely demolished. The police break up the fracas, and the last picture shows the misdirected mourner receiving his dues at the hands of two officers.
43. Zou-Zou the Lucky Dog (1909 Short Film)
Zou-Zou is an intelligent French poodle, the pet and companion of a rich old bachelor who is the possessor of a large fortune but who is without kin to inherit it after his death. One day he makes his will, in which he leaves all his money to the person who will take his dog and care for him after his death. He then puts the missive into the pocket in the dog's collar. One day the unfortunate man is stricken and dies suddenly, and immediately the poor animal is turned out of the place without a friend to care for him. The dog wanders around the streets until he is spied by a little urchin who is returning from market with his poor old mother. The little fellow is so attracted by the animal that he pleads with his mother to allow him to take him home, and the kind-hearted woman finally consents, but is compelled to smuggle the dog into her apartments, as the laws of the house forbid the tenants keeping animals. One day the little fellow takes the dog out and. stopping to play a game of marbles with some of his little companions, ties it to a bench. Soon two men come along and noticing the pretty dog, they cut the leash and steal away with it. They ill treat the poor beast shamefully, and so the first chance he gets the animal makes his escape and starts out to find his new home, where he realizes that he is welcome. Arriving at the house, he bolts into the place, and the poor people are overjoyed to have him back again. Since the dog's departure the unfortunate family have had lots of trouble and are now being dispossessed for failing to pay their rent. They are just about to leave the house when the little boy spies the pocket in the dog's collar and opening it takes out the will. Upon reading the missive they are overjoyed and start out immediately to gel possession of the money. The last picture shows the happy family six months later, living in a pretty home and enjoying life without care or worry, and Zou-Zou, who is the good benefactor, has his place at the table and receives as much attention and kindness as one of the happy children.
44. Samson and Delilah (1908 Short Film)
There are few persons who are not familiar with the story of Samson, who possessed such supernatural strength, and his wooing of the fair Delilah. We first see Samson as a little baby, when his happy parents offer him up to God in the presence of a multitude of peasants. The next scene is years later, when he is possessed of such wonderful strength that he is the horror of the Philistines. They capture him and lead him into a courtyard, where they fasten him to a massive door to prevent his escape, but he astonishes all by getting a firm grip on it, and dragging the heavy gate away from its fastenings, throwing it aside like a piece of cardboard and walking out defiantly. In the next picture we see the King and a large mob in a public square, where the former is inducing Delilah to tempt Samson and win his love by strategy and learn the secret of his wonderful strength. Samson is soon on the scene and falls an easy prey to Delilah's beguiling ways and she lures him into her apartment in the castle, where she makes love to him. In a playful manner she binds his arms with heavy chains, then, to her great astonishment, he breaks them like thread. Finally she lulls him to sleep, and during his slumbers she accomplishes her purpose, cutting off his hair. When he awakens he is completely in her power and is led out a captive and thrown into a dungeon, where his enemies burn out his eyes and compel him to roll a large stone wheel to grind corn. In the last picture we see the King and the throng of people in the pagan temple, where they are worshiping images, and sending after Samson they try to force him on his knees to adore their gods. While he is imprisoned his hair has grown and he has regained his strength, and horrifies his captors by casting them aside and groping his way to the entrance of the temple we see him stand between the main supporting columns, and, putting them asunder, causes the vast structure to tumble down, killing himself and many of the multitude. The last picture shows him as he enters into his eternal home in Paradise.
45. Beatrice Cenci (1908 Short Film)
This picture is an illustration of the story of Beatrice Cenci, the young woman who planned the murder of her guardian, in Rome, in the year of 1599. We see Francesco Cenci, who is an extremely gruff and cruel man, with Beatrice, who is his ward. He makes love to her, but she spurns his entreaties, for she has one who is very dear to her heart by the name of Guido. She writes a note to him to come to the tower of the castle, which he does, and gains access to her quarters by means of a rope ladder, which she lowers from the window. We see them planning a nefarious crime, and while he goes to get the aid of two ruffians, she drags the old man by putting a potion in his wine, and soon he is feeling the effects of the poison and retires to his room, where he lays in a stupor on his cot. Guido returns with his assistants and they enter the old man's chamber and while he is sleeping sink a knife into his heart. They throw the body from a window and make good their escape, but some servants who have heard the excitement rush out and find the corpse of their master lying in a heap under the window. They immediately pursue the murderers, and overtake them in a lonely spot in the woods, where they kill Guido and one of his companions, but spare the other fellow, who promises to reveal the secrets of the plot. They take him back to the castle and there confront him with Beatrice, who is apparently in deep grief over the body of her dead guardian. He accuses her of being the instigator of the crime and she is taken to prison. The last picture shows her in the prison and submitting to the tortures of the strappado, but she strongly proclaims her innocence of any hand in the affair. Finally she is confronted with the body of her lover Guido, and, realizing her loss, she confesses and is condemned to die on the scaffold.
46. Making Charcoal (1908 Documentary)
A worker is first seen splitting the logs, after which they are piled up in an improvised furnace of damp hay. This causes the wood to burn to the necessary char quickly, at which the furnace is taken apart. The charcoal is cooled and raked, after which it is placed in sacks for shipment. It is shown being piled into wagons by the men, one sack at a time. The last picture shows the charcoal being packed for the consumer's use, an old woman placing it in paper bags and sealing and labeling each bag with surprising rapidity.
47. Russian Review of the Fiftieth Regiment (1908 Documentary)
We see the officers of the army lining up for the inspection and taking their places in front of the stand where the religious ceremonies are to take place. We next see the old flags in tatters and old uniforms passing, then the ceremonies of the blessing of the new flag and the presenting to the officer. We get a very good idea of the important part the church plays in the affairs of Russia, and we can clearly see the whole ceremony and the devoutness of soldiers and citizens. The last picture shows the army on parade, and it is an inspiring scene to see the great mass of men passing the reviewing stand.
48. The Bargeman's Son (1908 Short Film)
Life on a barge, with water scenes. The river pirates storm the barge and loot it. They are discovered by the bargeman and a thrilling revolver battle ensues, in which the bargeman is severely wounded. The little boy comes up and thinking his father is dead, takes a vow of vengeance. He trails the pirates to their lair and leads a detachment of soldiers to it. A running fight through the forest follows, and the thieves are disabled one by one till only the one who shot the bargeman is left. He is brought to bay at the water's edge and makes his last stand. The boy creeps up and shoots him. The last pictures show the bargeman in the bosom of his family recuperating from his injuries.
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