Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »
George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
James H. White
Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man... See full summary »
A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel ... See full summary »
Here we have the earliest surviving film version of a Dickens work, an incident from BLEAK HOUSE.... perhaps. Bits of OLIVER TWIST on screen date from 1897, but they are lost; the 1901 version of A CHISTMAS CAROL does what it can in a couple of minutes, which is not much, unless you know the work.
This one is only a couple of minutes, and its events are pretty much summed up in the title. It's done in one shot, clearly on a stage. It's about as uncinematic as you can get, even for the era. Nonetheless, we'll call it interesting from a historic viewpoint. Dickens stuff translates very well to the screen because his style of story-telling became the model. His work was strongly influenced by the magic lantern, the cinema's precursor and a source of many of its techniques. Nonetheless, unless you are a deep-dyed film history fan, this is not for you.
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