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Rêve et réalité (1901)

| Comedy, Short
A well-dressed middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

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Ferdinand Zecca
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A well-dressed man pours a glass of Champagne for a young woman who is sitting with him at a dining table. She's costumed, wearing a mask and cape. He removes the mask and cape, revealing a smiling beauty. He takes her in his arms to kiss her; she cooperates. The dream ends, and reality intrudes in the form of an old couple in bed, he kissing her, she enthusiastically willing. He realizes he's back in reality. Is the kiss at an end? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Also Known As:

Dream and Reality See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pathe's 'homage' to George
15 June 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

As others have noted, this is an early example of an exact copy of one studio's film being made by another - in this case, the French giants Pathe Frere rip-off British filmmaker George Albert Smith. It was a common practice back in the early days of cinema when film-making was subject to even more piracy than the internet is today.

The film itself is quite amusing - in fact it is probably slightly better than the original thanks to a much brisker pace, and a prettier girl in the first scene which makes for a funnier contrast with the old hag (who is probably a man in drag) in the second. It's certainly still quite amusing even today, nearly 110 years later.


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