"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 »
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.
A rowboat with three men is leaving a little harbor. Two of them are rowing the boat, while the third is sitting in the stern. All of them wear hats. They are passing the outer end of a ... See full summary »
Mrs. Auguste Lumiere,
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 »
W. K. L. Dickson's 1896 film serial (the first serial ever, actually) which tells the story of Rip van Winkle may be the very first film ever to tell a story in the history of cinema. (And it still technically counts as one movie because of all eight installments being edited together in 1903 to make a complete film). The reason they did this is very understandable, considering looking at each clip you won't really find much to see and it's only until you put them together as one movie that you get what they were trying to accomplish. "Rip's Toast to Hudson and Crew" is the fifth in the series, following "Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow" and preceding "Rip's Twenty Year Sleep". It's basically a twenty or so second clip featuring actor Joseph Jefferson as Rip toasting, as the title suggests, the ghosts of Hudson (who I think was a pirate captain) and his crew. What did you expect for twenty seconds? Again, not easy to see what they were attempting just by looking at it by itself and I feel they could have combined this with the last three installments of the series since it's the same setting and leaves off so quickly. I suppose this was because Biograph's cameras were more primitive when compared to the Lumières' Cinematograph, and couldn't hold as much film. This is probably why each segment couldn't be any longer than thirty seconds.
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