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Transformation by Hats (1895)

Chapeaux à transformations (original title)
| Short, Comedy
In commedia dell'arte style, an actor on a stool presents six distinct characters through speedy application of whiskers and a hat or, in one case, a wig followed by a few gestures. First ... See full summary »

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In commedia dell'arte style, an actor on a stool presents six distinct characters through speedy application of whiskers and a hat or, in one case, a wig followed by a few gestures. First he becomes the large-nosed squire whipping his horse as he rides in his surrey, then he's a kindly mustachioed ticket taker, next an imperious sea captain with the bearded look of Czar Nicholas. Out comes a light-colored top hat, big nose and handkerchief for the brief appearance of a lugubrious character, followed by a capitalist making a deal in black silk top hat and mustache. Last, white hair, pork-chop sideburns and large mustache capture a retired raconteur. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Lumiere's vaudeville
17 March 2003 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Felcien Trewey, a friend of the Lumieres and a vaudeville performer, does a comedy routine involving changes of hats, wigs, beards and mustaches. This actor also appears in "Partie d'ecarte"(1895) with Antoine Lumiere and "The Photograph"(1895) with Auguste Lumiere. Since Lumiere, unlike the Edison company, filmed very few vaudeville routines, this is a unique film.


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