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The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895)

L'arroseur arrosé (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 1896 (Finland)
An impudent child plays a prank on a gardener innocently watering his plants.

Director:

Louis Lumière
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Credited cast:
François Clerc François Clerc ... The Gardener
Benoît Duval Benoît Duval ... The Boy
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A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why the water has stopped coming. The boy lifts his foot from the hose, whereby the water squirts up in the gardener's face. The gardener chases the boy, grips his ear, and slaps him in his buttocks. The boy runs away, and the gardener continues his watering. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Not Rated

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Country:

France

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1896 (Finland) See more »

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The Sprinkler Sprinkled See more »

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Lumière See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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First fully staged fictional film projected in public. See more »

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Remade as The Biter Bit (1899) See more »

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An outdoor comedy skit
28 February 2003 | by jhaughSee all my reviews

Louis Lumiere concentrated mostly on making slice-of-life movies during his 1895 filming with his newly invented camera, This is one of the few staged comedy skits that he produced and was made outdoors with his highly-mobile Cinematograph. A loose translation of the title would be "The Gardiner is Hosed." As scripted: a boy steps on a hose stopping a flow of water. The gardener looks at the hose end as the boy lifts his foot allowing the water to flow full force into the gardiner's face. The gardiner chases, catches and drags the boy before the camera to give him half-hearted, almost-comical spanking. Boy leaves and gardiner continues his watering chores. Strangley enough this simple comedy was re-filmed, during the next year, by other filmmakers in England. For another of Lumiere's comedy skits see "The Transformation of Hats" which starred Felcien Trewey, an English vaudeville actor and friend of the Lumieres, who appears in at least three of Louis' movies.


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