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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)
An excellent, but flawed, effort
While I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I feel Le Prince made a mistake by trying to set this up as a comedy of manners. It would have worked much better as a melodrama. The garden scene, so dear to the Victorians, only re-enforces the drab faux-drollery that passed for humor amongst a certain subset of the time. It's effectively a cinematic variant of the opera comique" (without the sound, of course) in the sense that it aggressively pursues the goal of glamour over substance, and achieving neither to any great satisfaction. This is especially evident during the denouement because we are operating under the impression that the sequence of events is inconsequential -- a very real danger in comedies of manners. So I can only give it a 9.25 score because the vision was insufficiently realized.