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The Black Hand (1906)

Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is ... See full summary »

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The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France).

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Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is unable to meet their demands. The gang then kidnaps his daughter, leading to a series of tense and dangerous confrontations. Written by Snow Leopard

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butcher | kidnapping | extortion | See All (3) »

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29 March 1906 (USA)  »

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enjoyable, but as an example of it's era only
4 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

The kidnap plot is set in the Italian immigrant society in a U.S. city. The 'good' immigrant, a hard working shop owner, is threatened by hard drinking 'bad' immigrants. The film is not particularly well structured, as after receiving a threat of kidnap for his daughter, the shop owner lets the girl wander the city streets alone! The film has a simple plot, and much over acting, and cultural stereotyping of its era. As a film student, I found this films structure and composition interesting, but I would not watch it for fun.


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