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What Is Seen Through a Keyhole (1901)

Par le trou de la serrure (original title)
A hotel porter tries in his spare time to find out the secrets of the guests in looking through the keyholes of the different rooms. He must see very funny things, judging from his facial expressions.

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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 Snow Leopard

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Pretty good AND pretty racy for its time
15 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a super-early film from 1901. And, compared to most other films of the day, this is a very good film. In general, "films" of the day were little more than one to two minute clips of ordinary people doing very ordinary things or fast images of action that didn't tell a story. In fact, scripts, plots and decent acting were really NOT trademarks of early films. The students I teach have described many of them as being "craptastic"--because they just aren't much fun to watch--even to Cinephiles and historians.

However, this film HAS a plot (simple though it is) and sets and tells a cute little racy story about a hotel worker that loves to peep on his guests. The camera shows a keyhole image and we are treated to one woman in partial undress and another with a woman and her beau kissing. Ultimately, though, he is caught and gets what's coming to him! Cute, inconsequential but fun.


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