Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »
George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
James H. White
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
Wintertime in Lyons. 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 drinking man arrives home, late and sozzled as usual. His wife reminds him that he promised to take their child to a play. The play proves to be a morality tale about the evils of drink; ... See full summary »
Arthur V. Johnson,
The Original Print With Tinting Probably Looked Very Good
This short movie featuring vaudeville dancer Amy Muller is similar in its basic format to the better-known 1890s features starring Annabelle (Whitford) Moore. Muller's act has a different style and appearance, and this is still worth seeing. At the time, it was also released in a hand-tinted version, which apparently no longer survives, and with the tinting plus a clean original print, it probably looked very good.
Muller's specialty was dancing on her toes, and she gives some samples of that as well as demonstrating a couple of her other skills. It's also hard not to notice her very puffy, frilly, dress, which creates part of the effect. Although the print is rather blurry and has a couple of larger defects, you can still tell that she has plenty of energy and talent.
There are surviving 'Annabelle' features both with and without the hand-tinting, and the tinted features are noticeably different. It seems likely that this feature also might look pretty impressive with flashes of different colors that coordinate with the dance movements. Even without the tinting, it still has some good footage worth seeing.
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