The magician appears upon the stage with his assistant. Taking a handkerchief from his pocket, he causes an empty jar to suddenly appear under it. He places the empty jar upon the table and... See full summary »
Dancers, shown in photographic negative, perform a series of ballet moves, solos, pas de deux, larger groupings. The dancers glide and rotate untroubled by gravity against a slowly changing... See full summary »
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »
Four customers are having a peaceful game of cards in a quiet café. The atmosphere bring heavy, the waiter falls asleep and has a beautiful dream in which two angels come and play to him on... See full summary »
This subject will give rise to unrestrained laughter and will infect your entire audience with the jovial microbe. A learned man is seen in his laboratory studying microbes. His friend ... See full summary »
The Automatic Moving Company or Mobilier fidele was a fascinating early look at stop-motion
In the printed intro to this short stop-motion film in the DVD collection "Saved from the Flames", it mentions that historian Donald Crafton claimed that Romeo Bosetti was responsible for The Automatic Moving Company and it was made in 1911. However, it also mentions Emile Cohl's short with the above title and the 1910 date. It then said that both Cohl and Bosetti worked for Pathe in '11 and occasionally collaborated. So maybe they both worked on this. Anyway, this was a fascinating early look at stop-motion animation as we see furniture after furniture move by themselves to a new home with no help from any humans. Quite a piece of work by whoever made this. By the way, I watched an earlier version of this kind of technique called El Hotel Electrico by Segundo do Chomon when I saw it on YouTube a couple of years ago. Anyway, I highly recommend Mobilier fidele or The Automatic Moving Company.
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