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The Breath of a Nation (1919)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Short | 29 June 1919 (USA)

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Prohibition has just gone into effect, and Judge Rummy's wife eagerly throws away all of the Judge's liquor. She also plans to have a temperance lecturer use him as an example of the evils ... See full summary »

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Gregory La Cava (as Gregory LaCava)
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Prohibition has just gone into effect, and Judge Rummy's wife eagerly throws away all of the Judge's liquor. She also plans to have a temperance lecturer use him as an example of the evils of drink. While waiting for the lecturer, Judge Rummy notices that Silk Hat Harry's Soda Fountain is remarkably popular, so he stops in to see what it's all about. He finds out that Harry has developed a substitute for alcoholic drinks, and that Harry's substitute can have quite an effect on those who drink it. Written by Snow Leopard

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USA

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English

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29 June 1919 (USA) See more »

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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One of the films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives (2004)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the George Eastman House, has a running time of 6 minutes and added music by Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. See more »

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Spoofs The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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A Cute Little Animation
14 September 2005 | by Polaris_DiBSee all my reviews

Set during the Prohibition, a wife finds her husband has been drinking and sends him off to be the subject matter of a lecture on the evils of alcohol.

It's generally cute, with some strange movements. I was shown it as an example of a surrealist work, which kind of makes sense with one guy who turns into multiple people and all walk into the bar/soda lounge thing. Also, I didn't know the use of "fruit" to denote homosexuality was around back then. Learn something new everyday! Overall, however, it paints a rather odd picture of alcoholism, and some of the set-ups don't really make sense. It's an amusing little skit, but it's not really that particularly fascinating in very many respects. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

--PolarisDiB


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