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Those Awful Hats (1909)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 25 January 1909 (USA)
Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals' hats obscuring the movie patron's line of vision.

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A gentleman with a top hat, and a series of women with ever more ludicrous hats enter a movie theatre. They refuse to remove them, until a giant bucket forcibly removes one hat. All but one woman then remove their hats, and the bucket returns to remove the woman. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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griffith experiments
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

those awful hats has a surprisingly funny and witty plot, despite it's short lenght and real purpose. the film serves as an experiment for griffith, who tries out new and interesting things, succeeding brilliantly, i think. the early trick with 'film on film', what we call the blue screen technique today, works well for it's time. i'm curious about the restoring process, and overall about griffith, i have no sufficient info to give an in depth analysis, i just have to count on what i see on the screen. the bucket works nicely. i would be certainly interested to learn more about the making of this short. surprisingly good, really. i don't know anything about film technology, so this from a guy who just likes films; 7/10 the first griffith film i saw, more to be seen in the weeks to come.


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