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The Twins' Tea Party (1896)

One of the prettiest pictures of child life we have yet offered. Two pretty children are seated in their high chairs playing "Tea Party" with their dishes arranged about them. They become ... See full summary »

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One of the prettiest pictures of child life we have yet offered. Two pretty children are seated in their high chairs playing "Tea Party" with their dishes arranged about them. They become engaged in a dispute over the possession of a piece of cake and one of them cries, giving the most perfect and child-like facial expressions we have yet had the pleasure of seeing. Written by Edison Catalog

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1 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Although the Internet Movie Database lists this as an 1897 Production, the British Film Institute DVD release of Paul's films in 2006 claims this was part of his original Alhambra show in 1896 and proved to be so popular it was remade two years later. Perhaps the IMDb dating is a compromise of the two editions.

In any case, when we compare this to the Lumiere's pictures of babies, particularly Lumiere's QUERELLE ENFANTINE (1895), we notice that 1: the composition and background are simpler -- face on shot, blank wall behind -- and that the children are much more natural and boisterous and humorous -- they wear big floppy hats. The Lumieres came from photography and understood composition. Paul was selling to a music hall audience, far more boisterous than Lumiere would ever be.


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