A very large woman, wearing a shift, stands beside a bed and tries to put on a corset. After failing to get it around her, she calls her husband in. He stands behind her holding the corset ...
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A very large woman, wearing a shift, stands beside a bed and tries to put on a corset. After failing to get it around her, she calls her husband in. He stands behind her holding the corset and reaches around her so she can grasp and begin to tie it in front. He tightens the laces in back. She's done, and he's done in, collapsing onto the bed as she laughs and laughs at him. Written by
Airy Fairy Lillian Tries on Her New Corsets (1905)
*** (out of 4)
This 58-second short from Biograph is your typical "Blue" movie for the period. An obese woman is trying to get her corset on but she's too big so she asks for the help of a man. There's certainly nothing ground-breaking in this film but it's slightly entertaining as long as you're a film buff who enjoys watching these early movies. At under a minute there's really not too much here except for the woman trying to get this corset on but it remains entertaining simply because of the history behind it. I'm not sure how much this woman was paid but I can't imagine she's ever think that over a hundred years later people would be watching her. It's funny watching films like this because you have to think kids sneaking nickles into these mutoscope viewers led to quite a bit of censorship.
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