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Photographe (1895)

A photographer has his camera all set up to take a gentleman's picture. The subject checks his face in a hand mirror, and the photographer poses him. Just as the photographer is about to ... See full summary »

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A photographer has his camera all set up to take a gentleman's picture. The subject checks his face in a hand mirror, and the photographer poses him. Just as the photographer is about to take the picture, the subject gets up to look at the camera more closely. The frustrated photographer soon becomes quite impatient. Written by Snow Leopard

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Good Slapstick for 1895
10 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

For 1895, this is pretty good slapstick. It's simple, but lively, and it offers some laughs, or at least smiles, in its very short running time. It's also something of a lightly amusing commentary on the nature of photography, in its moving and non-moving forms.

The whole situation has to do with a photographer's efforts to get his subject to sit correctly so that he can take a photo. Still photographers and cinematographers have some slightly different challenges in this respect, giving the action a little extra significance.

Slapstick like this would certainly have been well-known from stage productions of the time, but performing it on film would have presented some new challenges. Any motion picture acting was still a brand new experience. In particular, for a motion picture the actors – at least in 1895 – would have had to confine all of their actions to the small, fixed camera field. The two men in this picture do that without any trace of uncertainty or awkwardness.

This is one of the very earliest 'fictional' movies, and it would be worth seeing for that reason alone. It's also not bad entertainment in itself.


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