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Awakening of Rip (1896)

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.
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Joseph Jefferson Joseph Jefferson ... Rip Van Winkle (uncredited)


A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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This film was incorporated wholly into the compilation film Rip Van Winkle (1903), which is in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. It was restored by the Library of Congress from its paper print collection, has a running time of about 25 seconds, and an added piano music score. See more »


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Rip van Winkle #7
17 August 2018 | by Tornado_SamSee all my reviews

Well, here I am, almost done reviewing all eight of Dickson's Rip van Winkle segments. No wonder they decided to put them all together in 1903 to make a complete film, because once again when you look at each one you won't really be able to see what they were going for. "Awakening of Rip" (number 7 in the serial) picks up just after "Rip's Twenty Year Sleep", and despite the title you never do actually get to see him wake up. The film (which is actually longer than most of the other installments) begins just after Rip has gotten up off the ground during his sleep. Joseph Jefferson does a good job in his role here because of Rip's slow movements when picking up the staff and trying to walk. Also, the costuming to show his make up as an old man is about as good as you could do today. Again, however, not a stand-alone film at all because of the intention of it being part of an entire film. Someday I should get rid of the title cards and put it all together that way so I could at least see how they wanted it to look.

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1 September 1896 (USA) See more »

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Пробуждение Рипа See more »

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1.36 : 1
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