La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »
Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man... See full summary »
As the camera looks down an open road, a horse and carriage approaches, and passes by to one side of the field of view. Soon afterwards, an automobile comes up the road, straight towards ... See full summary »
A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel ... See full summary »
As a janitor is cleaning a hotel, he decides to peek through the keyholes to observe some of the guests in their rooms. In room 8, a woman is busy making herself look more attractive, and the janitor enjoys watching her. There are also some interesting things going on in the other rooms on the floor. But the janitor soon finds out that there are also some drawbacks to what he is doing. Written by
This is relatively amusing in its own right, but it is more interesting for the variety of ideas and techniques contained in such a short film. It combines one of the earliest experiments in using a point-of-view camera perspective with some of the earliest cinematic observations on voyeurism and related themes.
The story starts with a janitor in a hotel deciding to take a look at what is going on inside some of the rooms, and then it goes on from there. The variety of the things that he sees makes it hard not to be reminded of James Stewart watching his neighbors in "Rear Window", and while this one is a light-hearted comedy rather than a serious thriller, both pictures in their own ways suggest some of the same basic themes.
This is also interesting as one of a number of creative movies by Ferdinand Zecca, one of the less celebrated pioneers of cinema. He worked in several different genres, and often made interesting experiments with what were then new techniques. Besides witty light features like this one, he also made fantasy pictures and somber dramas. As this movie illustrates, he brought talent and imagination to most of his movies.
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