Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave, to escape with her. Tom does not leave, but Eliza flees with her child. ... See full summary »
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk. Borrowing on cinematographic methods ... See full summary »
A well-dressed woman leaves her home and takes a carriage to a department store. While she is in the store, she steals several items, and is caught by store employees. Meanwhile, a poor ... See full summary »
A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through which immense volumes of air are forced by a blower. Ladies in crossing this shaft ... See full summary »
La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »
This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States. Some versions offer additional footage at... See full summary »
Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave, to escape with her. Tom does not leave, but Eliza flees with her child. After getting some help to escape the slave traders who are looking for her, she then must try to cross the icy Ohio River if she wants to be free. Meanwhile, Tom is sold from one master to another, and his fortunes vary widely. Written by
A Creditable & Ambitious Attempt, Despite Some Obvious Flaws
Given how early it was in the history of cinema, this attempt to film the story of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is creditable and quite ambitious. The flaws of this movie version are now quite noticeable, but at the time it may well have been a satisfying experience, for those who remembered the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, to see the action portrayed on screen. Regardless of what today's critics would think of the novel and its characters, the book had an impact on history that few works of art have ever achieved.
The story is told with a clear assumption that the viewer is already familiar with the story, and it would probably be nearly incomprehensible for those who had never read the book. Within a fairly short period of time, film-makers would develop standard ways of introducing characters and situations so as to make sure that no one got lost, but at this early stage of cinema, an adaptation of well-known literary material was more likely to count on viewers knowing the story already.
The movie illustrates several of the most significant events from the novel, using the kind of tableau format that for a time was the usual way to present this kind of story. It does re-arrange a couple of things, rather than sticking strictly with the book, and it was clearly an enterprising project. Although it only partially comes off, it's still worth seeing for its historical interest alone.
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