You know how in the high tech movies these days, there's someone typing at a computer and while doing so, saying what's being typed? Even if no one else is there? It's a really ugly and uncinematic way to tell the audience what's going on, but it's how the movies deal currently with this bit of high technology.
In the same way, WITH A KODAK examines the impact of high technology on society. It was a common theme of the serious Biographs, but here Mack Sennett and the other members of the company's comedy unit offer a lighter-hearted view of how people dealt with the 1912 equivalent of Facebook -- and the Streisand Effect of blackmail.
This movie may surprise the viewer who is familiar only with Sennett's later, slapstick productions, but this sort of situational comedy was the sort that his bosses approved of. In the meantime, Sennett was learning how to make movies from the best in the business.
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