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In the Barber Shop (1908)
"Salon de coiffure" (original title)

 -  Short  -  May 1908 (USA)
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Well, It's At Least Original
18 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

In the Barber Shop (1908)

*** (out of 4)

aka Salon de coiffure

This Georges Melies film will probably offend some with its racial jokes but I must admit that I found it to be rather funny. The setting, as the title says, is in a barber shop as a black man comes in to get a haircut at the same time as a white woman who doesn't appreciate him coming close to her. The barbers go to work on them and when a beautiful woman catches their eye they end up messing up their work and this turns the black man white and the white woman black. Yes, say what you will about the "joke" but it was certainly something I hadn't seen before and I watch over a thousand films a year. Again, I'm sure many might be offended at the humor but this was 1908. I'm not sure I'd really label this as a trick film but there's no question Melies was going for laughs and for the most part he gets them. This isn't a fall on the floor funny film but I think what happens and how it happens was pretty funny.


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