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Scullion's Dream (1908)

Le rêve des marmitons (original title)
The view is that of the interior of a kitchen where, under the watchful eyes of the chef, the scullions and dishwashers are engaged at their work industriously. When the chef leaves the ... See full summary »




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The view is that of the interior of a kitchen where, under the watchful eyes of the chef, the scullions and dishwashers are engaged at their work industriously. When the chef leaves the chamber for a moment there is pandemonium, for the scullions prove to be good acrobats and they tumble and fly around the room, cutting up all sorts of high jinks; but as soon as they hear his heavy footsteps they jump to their little stools once more and resume their labors innocently. The unsuspecting chef takes his seat in his big chair, and soon all are at work, forgetful of all else. So innocently do they perform their labors that soon, they begin to nod drowsily, and one of them, a peeler, falls asleep. A close view now shows his dream. A huge knife moving on its own accord, cuts off his hands; one of them grasps the knife, while the other holds a beet, and both hands cut the beet into slices; the pieces go through some stunts of evolution, after which they spring back into place, and the beet is... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 February 1908 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Herr Segundo de Chomón, who but him?!

To prepare a huge dinner at the Schloss kitchen requires a lot of work for the servants who must be locked up in there and on permanent call due to this Herr Graf's insatiable appetite( regarding the meals, not the servants, well… only by now… ). This certainly causes a lot of fuss and confusion in the kitchen.

An approximate idea of what usually happens at the Schloss kitchen can be seen in the short film "Le Rêve Des Marmitons" ( The Kitchen Boys Dream ) (1908), wherein the staff of another peculiar kitchen shares the same thrill as the one in the Schloss although with some weird variations.

In the picture while the staff are focused on cooking in a chaotic but merry way, a gnome play tricks on them ( well… through in the Schloss corridors you can easily find a lost-soul, tormented ancestor of this Herr Von, but… a gnome in the kitchen?!, no way!... ). This bizarre creature will do his mischief when the whole kitchen service dozes off; he chops off their hands that strangely begin to do efficiently the duties that belong to their owners, such as preparing the food, arranging the table linen or balancing the accounts. But during such bizarre rest, there is also time for leisure and a fly with artistic preoccupations draws funny faces on the bald heads of some kitchen cooks. Finally the spell is broken and-alas- the usual and noisy kitchen hustle and bustle resumes.

Who can direct and imagine such an extravagantly strange picture?: Herr Segundo de Chomón, who but him?!…

Thanks to his camera tricks and original inventiveness, such incredible stories are come to life for the joy of silent film fans; a gallery of the most early wonderful tricks that made him famous as one of the most important pioneers in animation techniques. These are little works of art wherein the most astonishing situations and strange creatures are made possible before our very commoner or aristocratic eyes. Sadly, this time there is no "Pathécolor".

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must explain to the Schloss chefs the fifty-course menu of tonight.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com

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