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Long Distance Wireless Photography (1908)

Photographie électrique à distance (original title)
Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring... See full summary »

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Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring, and projects a painting of three women onto a large screen; suddenly the women begin to move. The customers are impressed. First the women sits in the special seat: she's projected onto the screen, and her good nature comes out in the laughing image. Then it's the man's turn, but the machine discloses a vastly different nature in him. Will his reaction threaten our proprietor's inventions? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Another Winner from Melies
18 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Long Distance Wireless Photography (1908)

*** (out of 4)

aka Photographie électrique à distance

Nice film from Georges Melies has a man creating a machine that can show people for how they really are. Various people sit down (or stand) by a machine and then their real image is projected on the screen. At just under 6-minutes this here is a pretty good short from the French filmmaker as he manages to get a couple nice laughs from the "real" sides that get shown on the screen. My personal favorite happened towards the end with the monkey looking creature. The film does start off a tad bit slow because Melies takes his time leading up to the machine in motion but once this happens it really picks up and delivers. I think some of the magic that the director is best known for is missing here but it's still worth watching.


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