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Cohen's Fire Sale (1907)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  29 June 1907 (USA)
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A shopkeeper suffers the loss of some valuable merchandise, and thinks of a way to regain his losses.

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A shipment of merchandise from France arrives at Cohen's Millinery, and is placed outside the storefront, where Mr. Cohen opens it up. When he and his employees have gone back into the store for a moment, a trash collector mistakenly picks up the crate and carries it off. A frantic chase results in most of the hats being scattered throughout the neighborhood. Later, Mr. Cohen, upset about the loss, looks for a way to make some of his money back. Written by Snow Leopard

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3 June 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It is a little difficult to comment usefully about the editing of Edison films of this era. Recent work has indicated that Porter's landmark LIFE OF AN American FIREMAN was originally edited in a style consonant with magic lantern shows, but later re-edited to agree with now-standard practices: linear time, albeit with clearly marked flashbacks and speeding up and slowing down of the passage of time. Nonetheless, by this point, Porter's technique had become sufficiently widespread throughout Edison that this uncredited piece is skillfully edited, although filled with -- to the modern eye -- abrupt transitions.

The set design also has clearly improved. COHEN'S ADVERTISING SCHEME, from three years' earlier, made use of painted backdrops. This movie has a much more realistic appearance. If the plot still makes use of then-current stage conventions -- the big-nosed Jewish merchant, the dancing lower classes, etc., in a style that Griffith would turn on its head within a couple of years, still there is an attempt to fill the screen and keep things moving.

Stylistically, Edison's products went their own way until about 1913. There remains a strangeness -- to the modern eye -- to the works of the studio that was occasionally exploited to advantage. This piece, however, remains a curiosity.


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