"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 ...
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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.
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
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)".
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 »
The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank.
"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 almost make out the words he is speaking: 'Here's to your health and your family's; may they live long and prosper.'"Written by
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It was pretty groundbreaking at the time for W. K. L. Dickson to attempt creating a narrative film in eight different episodes telling the story of Rip van Winkle. And since the multi-scene film hadn't been invented yet, it would be silly to blame the director for the disjointed look of each segment. The end result, while not exactly well-told, does a fairly good job with storytelling and works well enough for 1896.
"Rip's Toast", the first segment, (and probably the most stand-alone film of the series) basically introduces the title character as a drunkard toasting with one of his comrades. Like I said before, looking at each segment individually you won't find much unless you put them together to create the narrative, so it's best to look at them compiled in sequence to fully understand what they were going for. This is probably one of the main reasons why the company decided to edit them together to make a 'full-length' film in 1903. Even so, the entire series wouldn't really be of much interest to anyone now except film buffs or historians and is entertaining mostly from a historical perspective today.
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