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The Electric Hotel (1908)

El hotel eléctrico (original title)
An enthusiastic young couple is astounded with modern technology's giant leaps in the fascinating field of electricity.

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Segundo de Chomón
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Credited cast:
Segundo de Chomón ... Bertrand
Julienne Mathieu Julienne Mathieu ... Laure
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According to the rapid strides that electricity is making in this wonderful age we are not surprised to see in this picture an ideal hotel of the future in which everything is done by electricity. We see a couple entering the hostelry and, after registering, the clerk touches a button and away goes the baggage on to the elevator, which stops at the proper floors and the grips enter the room without the aid of anyone. Many amusing incidents follow. Finally they pay the penalty for all the latest improvements, for something goes wrong with the electric plant in the cellar and mixes the whole place up. We see all the furnishings start to turn in all directions and the unfortunate guests find themselves in the midst of the affray. They manage to get to the door and are tumbled out and rolled across the street till out of the reach of the magnetic force, where they pick up their belongings and hurry home, vowing never to enter another electric hotel. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

Spain | France

Release Date:

19 December 1908 (USA) See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released in the US as a split reel along with Some Dangerous Members of Bostock's Menagerie (1908). See more »

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Featured in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »

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I'd like to stay at that hotel!
15 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Electric Hotel" is a very whimsical film--one that manages to make you smile over a hundred years later. This is a very unusual production, however, for director Segundo de Chomón as he himself stars in the film. He also appears with his wife, Julienne Mathieu--though she appeared in lots of his films without him.

"The Electric Hotel" is a completely silly film--and it intends to be. A couple arrive at a very modern hotel--so modern that the clothes put themselves away! In addition, by pushing buttons, the room will clean your shoes (this bit went on a bit too long), give you a makeover and even write a letter home telling everyone how much you are enjoying your vacation! All of this is achieved through stop-motion cinematography. While this is a relatively primitive technique and been done successfully for several years by the time this film came out, it is done very well and makes for some convincing effects. Overall, I'd rate this as one of Chomón's best--and still highly enjoyable today.


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