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Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896)

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


William K.L. Dickson (uncredited)
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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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Biograph production number 50. See more »


After Rip has fallen to the ground, the Hudson crew intentionally ducks out of sight; however, just as the film is about to end, one of them can be seen to be moving at the edge of the screen, apparently getting up since he thought the camera was finished filming. See more »


Edited into Rip Van Winkle (1903) See more »

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Interesting Films
4 January 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rip's Toast (1896)

Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Rip's Toast to Hudson and Crew (1896)

Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896)

Awakening of Rip (1896)

Rip Passing Over Hill (1896)

The American Mutoscope Company is responsible for the above eight films, which feature actor Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle, the famous character we all know. These eight films were originally made in 1896 and sold separately as different films but in 1903 the studio edited them together to make Rip Van Winkle. Looking at them separately is pretty interesting but knowing more of their history would be good. I'm guessing the eight films were released at different times so I guess you could call these an early attempt at what would become a serial. Jefferson is pretty good in his role as Rip, although he doesn't have too much to do except look jolly in some of the films or greet the dwarf in others. The Awakening of Rip is pretty good as we get to see the actor made up as an old man and he doesn't look too bad considering when the film was made. All eight run 20-25 seconds total so with that in mind these are an interesting bit of history.

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Release Date:

1 September 1896 (USA) See more »

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20 лет сна Рипа See more »

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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1.36 : 1
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