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The Legend of Rip Van Winkle (1905)

La légende de Rip Van Winkle (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Fantasy | 25 November 1905 (USA)
Pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies tells his version of the famous Washington Irving story of a man who takes a nap and wakes up 20 years later.


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Credited cast:
André Méliès André Méliès ... Child Carrying Lantern
Georges Méliès ... Rip Van Winkle


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25 November 1905 (USA) See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Scattered and Dull
17 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is such a haphazard presentation that most of the time, we don't have a clue as to what is going on. There is an old guy who runs away and hides in a little cave. Large numbers of garishly dressed "citizens" dance around in a serpentine dance. It takes about half the movie before Rip falls asleep. He is already old before he goes to sleep and he is really old when he returns. This could have been greatly entertaining but it lays a pretty big egg.

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