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Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle (1925)

| Short, Drama | 1925 (USA)
A gin bottle is personified with a spirit. As the gin bottle changes hands the spirit of the bottle tempts the various possessors to take a drink. A pro-prohibition movie, the story exemplifies the tragedies of drinking.

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John Ince ...
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Rex Lease ...
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A gin bottle is personified with a spirit. As the gin bottle changes hands the spirit of the bottle tempts the various possessors to take a drink. A pro-prohibition movie, the story exemplifies the tragedies of drinking.

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This film used the early special effects technique of double exposure to super impose a person's image onto the film. This method was used to produce the effect of the spirit of the bottle. See more »

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Ho-hum propaganda piece
20 April 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Prohibition seems like a dumb experiment in American history, but this dull advocacy film shows the sentiment that brought it into law.

A trivia item in IMDb claims this to be the first film to use double-exposure technique, in this case to bring Rex Lease (who receives star billing for largely just standing there) full-size into a bottle, a crude effect, as the "spirit" of the gin bottle. I'm sure Melies and others pioneered the gimmick in their trick films a couple of decades earlier.

Repetitious and overdone, film shows over & over how people's lives are ruined by imbibing. It's a forerunner of the beloved exploitation "scare films" (REEFER MADNESS, etc.), but is laughably biased and obvious. Not to belittle the harmful effects of alcoholism, this short adds little or nothing to the discussion.


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