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Photographing a Country Couple (1901)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | August 1901 (USA)
The scene opens showing Reuben and his best girl looking for a quiet place to spoon. A photographer enters and suggests taking their pictures. Reuben gets impatient, and walks over to the ... See full summary »
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The scene opens showing Reuben and his best girl looking for a quiet place to spoon. A photographer enters and suggests taking their pictures. Reuben gets impatient, and walks over to the photographer and insists on peering in the camera. A bad boy enters and ties Reuben's legs to the tripod. Reuben makes a wild dash for the photographer, but falls to the ground on top of the camera, smashing it to pieces. The scene ends with the lovers and Reuben all mixed up in a confused mess upon the ground Written by Edison Catalog

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Comedy | Short

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August 1901 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Pretty Amusing Slapstick
23 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a pretty amusing feature that gets good mileage out of its simple setup and characters. Towards the beginning, it bears some points of resemblance with the Lumière feature "Photographe" of a few years earlier, and it's possible that it could have been conceived as a more elaborate version of that earlier movie. In any case, it has the same slapstick feel, with enough creativity to make it funny.

There are four characters who each move into and out of the camera field, and you can tell that there was some planning behind it, as most of the movements look natural enough to work.

The story starts with a cameraman getting set up to take a picture of the 'Country Couple', when the male half of the couple insists on getting a closer look at the camera. Meanwhile, a young boy happens on the scene, and there follows some entertaining, if simple, slapstick. It's pretty good for its time, and worth seeing.


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