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Rip Van Winkle (I) (1903)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  May 1903 (USA)
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An abridged version of the tale of Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, who wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men ... See full summary »

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An abridged version of the tale of Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, who wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different. This is a charming story about how America changed due to the Revolutionary War, only in a different and more subtle way than ever told before. Written by Shane Rothery

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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This film is actually a compilation of 8 films: Awakening of Rip (1896), Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896), Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896), Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896), Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896), Rip's Toast (1896), Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896) and Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896). They are in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. These films were restored by the Library of Congress from its paper print collection, have a collective running time of about 3 minutes, 30 seconds, and an added piano music score. See more »

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Only for die-hard fans of early cinema
26 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For 1898, when each individual portion of this film was made, this was an amazing set of films. That's because many films from before the 20th century are dreary little snippets with no attempt to tell a story--such as showing people getting on a train or showing a storm battering the coast or having a mother feeding her baby. At least here the artists were trying to make something different and tell a story. Unfortunately, when it was made, films like we know them today were not yet developed. So instead of telling one longer and coherent story, this film actually is made up of several very brief scenes from the story of Rip Van Winkle--each as a separate film. But even when placed together several years later, it does not tell the whole story--just bits and pieces like a highlight film. But given when it was made this made sense and in many ways this was a work of art like an Ansel Adams print or a Remington statue. With these limited expectations, it's excellent and actually shows costumes, outdoor sets, etc.--innovations, of sorts, for 1898. Unfortunately, while it is very important historically speaking, most viewers will no doubt be bored long before the four and a half minute film ends.


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