"Here the celebrated actor Joseph Jefferson is shown giving his famous toast. Mr. Jefferson's features distinctly show on this picture that by watching the motion of his lips one could ... See full summary »
In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.
Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".
This film was incorporated 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 »
Rip actually doesn't "pass over the hill/mountain" despite what the title implies. The film actually ends with him halfway to the top of the rock, so apparently he couldn't make it since he could barely walk at all anyway. It's also possible Dickson wanted to end the saga with a cliffhanger. CLIFFhanger! Get it? Yuck Yuck Yuck!
Jefferson once again does a nice job playing Rip as an old man, as he did in the previous installment and when he played the role on the stage--which was how he became selected for the part. It once more pays to see the all the installments put together, because then you'll get a better idea of the narrative and what the filmmakers were trying to do. But the average person nowadays wouldn't really take interest at all anyway and the entire series is more of a curiosity for people interested in the earliest years of cinema.
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