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An Interesting Story (1904)

The adventures of an inattentive man. He's at his kitchen table, reading. A woman brings his hat and points to the clock. He continues reading and pours coffee into his hat. He leaves, ... See full summary »

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The adventures of an inattentive man. He's at his kitchen table, reading. A woman brings his hat and points to the clock. He continues reading and pours coffee into his hat. He leaves, still reading, trips over a servant who's on her hands and knees cleaning the walk. He walks through jump-roping girls, runs into a mule, walks into the only other person on an empty street, and then walks into the path of a steamroller. Two cyclists approach his flattened body. Out come their air pumps, and soon our genial hero has set off again, nose in his book. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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December 1904 (USA)  »

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Very well delivered film that is funny and well timed
24 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I watched this film on a DVD that was rammed with short films from the period. I didn't watch all of them as the main problem with these type of things that their value is more in their historical novelty value rather than entertainment. So to watch them you do need to be put in the correct context so that you can keep this in mind and not watch it with modern eyes. With the Primitives & Pioneers DVD collection though you get nothing to help you out, literally the films are played one after the other (the main menu option is "play all") for several hours. With this it is hard to understand their relevance and as an educational tool it falls down as it leaves the viewer to fend for themselves, which I'm sure is fine for some viewers but certainly not the majority. What it means is that the DVD saves you searching the web for the films individually by putting them all in one place – but that's about it.

Here we have a man reading a gripping book at the breakfast table. Totally engrossed in his book he puts milk in his hat among other things. Leaving the house he continues to read and finds he comes to more mischief. As with their other films, this company produces a film that is imaginative, amusing and technically quite impressive. The joke is simple but very effective and is used well to set up a collection of pratfalls and accidents that range from the ordinary to the "flat out" extraordinary. It is funny for the most part and I did like the way that the effects are used as part of the joke.

Overall then an amusing and well delivered film that is as interested in the importance of timing as it is in the effects and other technical aspects of the delivery.


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