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The Vacuum Cleaner (1908)

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In this funny picture we see the vacuum cleaner, the modern dust eradicator, performing some very droll tricks. As soon as the fellow turns on the air then the fun begins. It is all ... See full summary »

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In this funny picture we see the vacuum cleaner, the modern dust eradicator, performing some very droll tricks. As soon as the fellow turns on the air then the fun begins. It is all accomplished through some clever trick photography. First we see two attendants start out to do a cleaning job, and while they stop to take some refreshments, two men, who happen to be passing, take the machine and start down the sheet to have some fun. They meet a woman with a dog on a leash, and at a turn of the wheel, the dog and its mistress are quickly drawn into the spout. Next a nursemaid comes sauntering down the street, and when they level the spout at her she meets the same fate. A girl and her lover are the next to disappear off the face of the earth, and still they go along, looking for more victims. Coming to a house, one of the men climbs in a window, and when the one outside turns the crank all the furnishings of the house are drawn into the machine. A maid rushes in to find out the cause of... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 August 1908 (USA)  »

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The Stolen Vaccum Cleaner
26 May 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Segundo de Chomon was the big guns when it came to doing Melies films and stealing his audience -- with a twist. With Melies, what you usually got with the magic tricks was a magician. That, however, was a limited number of pieces and if you wanted to use those tricks -- particularly stop-motion disappearance -- you had to place them in a context, changing the magic from the point of the piece to the grammar.

Although the line of grammar that de Chomon invented was a dead end -- the techniques would remain -- he executed them with more variety that Melies. Here a couple of thieves steal a street vacuum cleaner and use it to pilfer all manners of goods and people in a variety of settings, including some on the street, as opposed to Melies' controlled, set-bound pieces. It's no more than a variation, but a highly amusing one at that.


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