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Ladies' Skirts Nailed to a Fence (1899)

Two women in long skirts, wearing hats, and carrying umbrellas, gossip beside a fence. Two men on the other side of the fence reach through from underneath and nail the women's skirts to ... See full summary »

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James Bamforth
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Two women in long skirts, wearing hats, and carrying umbrellas, gossip beside a fence. Two men on the other side of the fence reach through from underneath and nail the women's skirts to the boards. Off the men run leaving the women to discover their fate. What will they do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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UK

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1899 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Női szoknyák a kerítésen át See more »

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Bamforth Films See more »
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Silent
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This film became popular for the unique idea of moving the actors instead of the camera to show the other side of the fence. This technique, while it didn't exactly work, was quite innovative for 1900 and shows basically how filmmakers were thinking up different ideas and trying new techniques in this bygone era. See more »

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Featured in Holmfirth Hollywood (2006) See more »

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A Watchable One-Gag Film
9 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The basic idea to this movie is only mildly amusing, and not exactly brilliant, but it is executed well enough for the time, and it works fairly well. In watching the earliest attempts to make narrative films, it is often interesting just to see the ideas and the methods that were tried. In this case, they used a resourceful idea to make it easier for them to get the shots that they wanted. It's fairly obvious how they did it, but it works well enough.

The story is pretty simple, showing two gossipy women who are so wrapped up in their conversation that they become easy targets for practical jokers. The whole situation is really just to set up one gag. It's the kind of light-hearted but slightly suggestive story that was fairly common in the era when film-makers were first learning how best to tell a narrative story on film.

While uncomplicated, the story does involve a few scenes and developments, so that for 1900 it was not a trivial effort. Some of it is not especially interesting, but overall it does make good enough use of the screen time for it to remain watchable.


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