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The Artist's Dilemma (1901)

The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture... See full summary »

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The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture. While the artist is executing the work a clown comes from the clock, takes in the situation and begins to make love to the lady. The artist detects him and compels him to desist his love making. He continues to paint. The clown becomes interested and asks the artist to allow him to paint the picture, and begins smearing a whitewash brush over the canvas, when lo, a most perfect image of the young lady appears. The image then steps down from the frame, joins the young lady in the studio, and the figures, each a perfect counterpart of the other begin to dance to the great astonishment of the artist. The clown the by waving his hand causes the figures of the two girls to merge into one. The artist then assumes his seat and awakens from his dream with a great shock. Written by Edison Catalog

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Nice Edison short
12 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Artist's Dilemma, The (1901)

*** (out of 4)

Edison short which was clearly influenced by the work of Georges Melies. In the film a painter is sleeping when a woman walks out of a grandfather clock and asks him to paint her. Before he can do so a clown comes out of the clock and decides to do a magic painting. This is a pretty good magic film even though it's easy to tell how the trick is actually being done. In terms of comedy I didn't laugh much as I didn't find the clown all that funny but this really didn't take away from any of the entertainment. The main point was to enjoy the magic trick and that I did.


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