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Grandma's Reading Glass (1900)

A boy looks through glasses at various objects, seen magnified.

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Harold Smith
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Harold Smith ... Willy - the little grandson
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Demonstrating the brand-new technique of close-up through the use of a circular mask, the director alternates medium shots with extreme point-of-view shots to simulate the magnification of various objects. As a sweet grandmother organises her sewing basket, Willy, her inquisitive little grandson, plays with her magnifying glass to look at the inside of a pocket watch, only to soon turn his attention to a caged bird, grandmother's rolling eye, and lastly, a well-fed cat. Written by Nick Riganas

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UK

Release Date:

November 1900 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagymama nagyítója See more »

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George Albert Smith Films See more »
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Silent
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This film was considered lost until it was re-found in the collection of Peter Elfelt in 1960. See more »

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Remade as Grandpa's Reading Glass (1902) See more »

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This new century starts with an innovation (web)
10 October 2016 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

For me, this 5th year of baby cinema welcomes its first steps to get up : all the previous movies were static in the sense that the camera was still, motionless. Here, it's always the case but at least we have different frames. We can conclude that editing is born with this new millennium as audience has now different points of view. This change of shots is particularly imaginative here as it's done trough a magnifying glass and thus we alternate seeing a boy with his grandmother sit at a desk and the examined subjects : a glass, a watch, a bird, Grandma's eye, a cat… What's striking for me is that once again, it's like watching a Lynch movie : it's a bit surreal, but visually stunning as the vision is pure, classic and close to daily life while looking in another dimension…


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