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Music, Forward! (1907)

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"Music Forward!" is the order given by a lady in Colonial costume, and in march a group of five musicians, working industriously at their instruments. The directress stands them in a row, ... See full summary »

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"Music Forward!" is the order given by a lady in Colonial costume, and in march a group of five musicians, working industriously at their instruments. The directress stands them in a row, and taking the head off each, throws it onto a huge music staff and each becomes a note of the scale. The whole bodies appear again, after which the manipulator seems to wrap them up in a large sheet of music, which is then shown to contain nothing. The paper is rolled up again, and a cane is held, perpendicularly, in a horizontal position to the sheet, when the musicians, each about one-twentieth of the natural stature, issue from the paper and parade up and down the narrow stick. This done, a pretty effect in human notes, which are the players' heads, is shown, after which the little band and their directress march out again. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A knockoff...
14 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Segundo de Chomón was a very good early director and some of his films (especially his comedies) are classics. However, like many other directors of the time, he was not above 'liberally borrowing' (stealing, actually) from his competitors--mostly Georges Méliès. Because of this, often you'll find films you think are from Méliès but they are not. Sometimes these Chomón films are just inspired by the films but sometimes they are just deliberately copies.

In the case of "Music, Forward!" you see elements of several of Méliès' films strung together (such as the disembodied heads that are tossed up on the giant staff like notes to some music--and they then sing). To me, this one comes off as poorly executed in its 'homage' as instead of doing one or two tricks well and sticking to a plot, this one keeps tossing in new tricks. They are executed pretty well but the overall effort is far from pleasing and seems a bit cacophonous. Not bad to watch but not a strong effort.


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