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Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  January 1902 (USA)
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Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

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A side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, where a moving picture show is going on. First a dancer appears on the screen. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make lover to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train running at sixty miles an hour. Uncle Josh becomes panic-stricken, and fearing to be struck by the train, makes a dash for his box. He is no sooner seated than a country couple appear upon the screen, at a well. Before they pump the pail full of water they indulge in a love-making scene. Uncle Josh thinks he recognizes his own daughter, jumps upon the stage, removes his coat and prepares to chastise the lover, and grabbing the moving picture screen he hauls it down, and to his great surprise finds a kinetoscope operator in the rear. The operator is made furious by Uncle Josh interrupting his show, and grappling with him they roll over and over upon the stage in an exciting ... Written by Edison Catalog

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An Unrefined But Generally Amusing Version of the Idea
31 August 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This unrefined but generally amusing short feature uses the Edison company's 'Uncle Josh' character to satirize the ways that some of the earliest movie audiences responded to motion pictures. Even at the time, it was not a new idea, and it almost certainly owes a debt to the previous year's "The Countryman and the Cinematograph", which was shorter and somewhat simpler, but also more carefully-crafted.

The story in "Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show" starts out with the Uncle Josh character giving his humorous over-reactions to what he sees on the screen. It becomes quite exaggerated as it goes on, and it is interesting that this kind of audience parody was such a popular idea in the early days of cinema. While viewers in the earliest years of cinema probably took a while to get used to the idea that the moving pictures on a screen were not real, movie-goers today seem to have a harder time in looking at the actual content from a critical viewpoint.

As a movie, this version of the idea would have been better if it had been more carefully made, but it contains some amusing ideas that provide some humorous moments.


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