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Troubles in a Tenement House (1901)

La maison tranquille (original title)
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This picture shows the ground floor and also the first floor front of a modern lodging house. In the lower room the landlord and his lady are having dinner, while above them four young men ... See full summary »

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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This picture shows the ground floor and also the first floor front of a modern lodging house. In the lower room the landlord and his lady are having dinner, while above them four young men lodgers are competing as to who can make the most noise. Tiring of this amusement, they bore through the floor and let down an enormous spider, which upsets the dinner party. One of the lodgers falls through the ceiling and upsets the place and drives the landlady into hysterics by very cleverly simulating an elephant by means of a tablecloth and two broomsticks. Finally a policeman appears on the scene, but getting under the hole in the ceiling, is completely overwhelmed with furniture. Written by Anonymous

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Le Slapstick
13 March 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Melies pretty much invented the trick film and has good claim to likewise coming up with the stag film and the religious film, but in this one as well in LE SAVANT ET LE CHIMPANZE, we see some very early slapstick, a form of comedy for which his frequently boisterous and acrobatic staging would well suit him for. No, he didn't invent slapstick, that was several centuries old, and certainly variations of the Chimney Sweep and the Baker, in which they pelt each other with coal and flour were used in the previous decade. but this sure looks like slapstick to me. And wonderful slapstick, too.

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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