La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »
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 »
A sorcerer tosses an iridescent little beetle into a flaming ceremonial cauldron, and much to his amazement, a six-winged fairy in the body of a beautiful young woman emerges. Is his sorcery potent enough to tame her?
Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »
A dramatization of the uprising in Odessa, Russia in 1905: A ship's crew, tired of being mistreated, mutinies and takes over their ship. When they reach land, a sailor who died during the ... See full summary »
By using the eyeline match editing formula to follow a character's gaze to objects, places or persons, as well as a key-hole shaped stencil cutout in front of the camera, the director, Ferdinand Zecca, plays with the titillating theme of voyeurism and the pleasure of peeping into the forbidden. On the upper floor of a small hotel, a naughty worker is tempted to peer through the keyholes of four different rooms to shamelessly take a glimpse of the tenants' secret lives. Who knows what surprises will be unveiled?Written by
This is relatively amusing in its own right, but it is more interesting for the variety of ideas and techniques contained in such a short film. It combines one of the earliest experiments in using a point-of-view camera perspective with some of the earliest cinematic observations on voyeurism and related themes.
The story starts with a janitor in a hotel deciding to take a look at what is going on inside some of the rooms, and then it goes on from there. The variety of the things that he sees makes it hard not to be reminded of James Stewart watching his neighbors in "Rear Window", and while this one is a light-hearted comedy rather than a serious thriller, both pictures in their own ways suggest some of the same basic themes.
This is also interesting as one of a number of creative movies by Ferdinand Zecca, one of the less celebrated pioneers of cinema. He worked in several different genres, and often made interesting experiments with what were then new techniques. Besides witty light features like this one, he also made fantasy pictures and somber dramas. As this movie illustrates, he brought talent and imagination to most of his movies.
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