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 »
A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, ... See full summary »
A woman in fancy dress enters a dressing room and begins to disrobe. She removes a coat, a top, and her skirt. As she starts to remove her chemise in front of the camera, she thinks the ... See full summary »
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »
In commedia dell'arte style, an actor on a stool presents six distinct characters through speedy application of whiskers and a hat or, in one case, a wig followed by a few gestures. First ... See full summary »
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
This was recently shown on TCM (November, 2004) as part of an introduction to a five DVD collection preserving artifacts from our film heritage. The four minute film was actually made in 1896, according to the presenter and Robert Osborne, but copyrighted in 1902, hence the date discrepancy.
It's nothing more than a few twenty second segments shot first on one side of a hillock, then on the opposite side. These show Joseph Jefferson emoting in the histrionic stage style of nineteenth century acting - first drinking, then encountering a dwarf (actually a man stooped over), then carrying his cask over the hillock, then being invited to drink by a group of dwarfs, then falling asleep, then waking up with a long white beard to attempt to climb the hillock to the other side.
I suppose this was interesting to nickelodeon audiences of the day, but is a mere curio today.
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