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Interrupted Lover (1896)

A pair of bucolic lovers discovered by the wrathful father, who teaches the gallant a lesson.


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She's sitting on a small bench beneath a tree in a garden; he sits down next to her, sets his walking stick at his feet, tosses away his cigarette, removes his boater, and puts his arms around her. They kiss and cuddle as a thin man appears behind the bench, grinning, and motioning for someone else to come from our left. It's a man, probably her dad, carrying a shovel. Our lover picks up his boater and stick with dad taps him on the shoulder; he rises, and he starts to put up some resistance as dad grabs his daughter's arm. Threatening gestures, kicks, and dad's triumph ensue. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short




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1896 (USA)  »

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Nice Mix of Action and Comedy
21 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Interrupted Lovers (1896)

In terms of story this is a fairly simple film from Edison. A man and woman sneak off to a bench where they sit down and begin to cuddle before a couple gardeners then sneak up on them and chase them away. I guess you could say this was the perfect mix of romance, comedy and action as this 22-second film features all three. The film certainly isn't anything ground breaking and it's certainly not the greatest thing Edison ever did but it has a fair amount of charm that makes it worth watching. The fighting between the man and the gardener is pretty funny as is seeing the "naughty" behavior of the couple, which of course amounts to nothing by today's standards. It's doubtful those who hate these old movies will change their opinions based on the quality of this film but for fans it's a little gem.

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