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 »
Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes overlapping. ... See full summary »
A flirtatious young woman takes a job in a busy office, where her presence is terribly disruptive. None of the men in the office can concentrate on their jobs while her charms are on ... 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 smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... 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
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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