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Whimsical People (1908)

Les lunatiques (original title)
A Pierriette, standing near a crescent moon, snatches five pink suits from the air, and shaking each, it becomes a clown, who seats himself on the moon. In military unison they push their ... See full summary »

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Segundo de Chomón
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A Pierriette, standing near a crescent moon, snatches five pink suits from the air, and shaking each, it becomes a clown, who seats himself on the moon. In military unison they push their faces through a series of grimaces, and then leaning forward too far, they all go falling down from the moon. It is a long drop, but they reach some kind of bottom and there they execute a peculiar dance; as each jumps over the other in a game of leap-frog, he is transformed into a grotesquely attired negro minstrel, and from that guise into that of a Chinaman. Several dances, in the course of which they also change to girls, follow each other, after which, coming back to their own again, the five clowns begin to fall upward, and are soon back on the moon again. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy

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Dancing on the moon
16 August 2010 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This kind of film was starting to wear a little thin for audiences in 1908. The first narrative film was already five years old, and moviegoers were growing accustomed to seeing something a little more advanced than the same trick photography that the likes of Segundo de Chomon (here) and Georges Melies had been producing for a decade by the time this one was made.

A woman on a crescent moon creates five clowns from sheets. They spill down to the moon in what is probably the most impressive section of the film then perform a little dance before repeatedly tapping each other on the head or kicking each other up the bum to change into another character. A mild diversion, but nothing more.


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Country:

France

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None | French

Release Date:

21 March 1908 (USA) See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

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Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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