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The Barbershop (1894)

| Documentary, Short
Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.
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"Interior of Barber Shop. Man comes in, takes off his coat; sits down, smokes; is handed a paper by attendant, who points out a joke; both laugh. Meantime the man in the chair is shaved and has his hair cut. Very funny." Written by Edison's Latest Wonders (1894)

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Similar to 1894's Blacksmith Scene, The Barbershop is a Kinetoscope film filmed entirely within Edison's Black Maria studio. See more »

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A quick look into turn-of-the-century life...
28 February 2014 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Edison innovators W.K.L. Dickson and William Heise made this short showing a slice of life from end of the nineteenth century. A man is getting a shave at a barbershop, while two other men discuss something in the foreground.

This was the best Edison film up to that point, as it feels almost like a still-life coming alive. Viewers come that time must have felt like they were watching a scene familiar to them come alive. One thing I am curious about is whether the men acting out the short scene are just Edison men fooling around, or whether they are hired actors performing a scene laid out for them.

I give it a 2 out of 10.


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