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 »
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 »
Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »
A laundry man parks his horse-drawn cart to make a delivery. While he is inside, his horse sees a bag of oats and starts to eat them. By the time the man comes back outside, the horse has ... See full summary »
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 »
This is altogether a remarkable picture and of very fine photographic value. It shows a picturesque country road, down which comes a two-seated automobile carrying four people. As the ... 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 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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