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Rip's Toast (1896)

"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 »

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William K.L. Dickson (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joseph Jefferson Joseph Jefferson ... Rip Van Winkle (uncredited)
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"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 AMB Picture Catalogue

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Drama | Short

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 September 1896 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Тост Рипа See more »

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Runtime:

| (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.36 : 1
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Biograph production number 45. See more »

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Rip van Winkle #1
14 August 2018 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

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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