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An Interesting Story (1904)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | December 1904 (USA)
The adventures of an inattentive man. He's at his kitchen table, reading. A woman brings his hat and points to the clock. He continues reading and pours coffee into his hat. He leaves, ... See full summary »

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James Williamson
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The adventures of an inattentive man. He's at his kitchen table, reading. A woman brings his hat and points to the clock. He continues reading and pours coffee into his hat. He leaves, still reading, trips over a servant who's on her hands and knees cleaning the walk. He walks through jump-roping girls, runs into a mule, walks into the only other person on an empty street, and then walks into the path of a steamroller. Two cyclists approach his flattened body. Out come their air pumps, and soon our genial hero has set off again, nose in his book. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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UK

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December 1904 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy érdekes történet See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Pretty simplistic but original in its day I guess
29 March 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This is an early example of a slapstick story. It's as simple as can be. A man is so engrossed in his book – the 'interesting story' of the title – that he is oblivious to everything else going on around him. He begins in his house and then goes for a walk, the whole time reading his book. All manner of things happen around him to his complete ignorance, ending with hem being flattened by a steam-roller.

Its very simplistic stuff. It seems very basic now but I suppose at the time this would have been a pretty original idea. George Méliès had brought slapstick to the screen before this of course, and usually with a more wild imagination. What this one does differently I guess is to do this but within the framework of a simple story, as opposed to a single camera shot and one set. Later on the likes of Charlie Chaplin would make very popular feature films using the basic template set down here. So there is no doubt about its historical significance.


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