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Arroseur et arrosé (1896)

A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »

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A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled gardener doesn't know what happened to the water flow, putting the hose nozzle up to his face to investigate. The boy then steps off the hose, resulting in the gardener getting sprayed in the face with water. The boy ends up getting his comeuppance. Written by Huggo

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25 January 1896 (France) See more »

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Le jardinier See more »

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It's only 1896, and they're already shooting remakes!

I had read descriptions of this movie at least 20 years before I first saw it; inevitably, the movie is a disappointment. Actually, this is the Lumiere Brothers' second version of this simple idea: filmed in a much more elaborate garden than their earlier version. Its title is usually given in English as 'Watering the Gardener', but a more accurate translation of the French original would be 'Hoser and Hosed'.

SPOILERS COMING. A gardener is using a hosepipe to water the garden. A boy sneaks up behind him and treads on the hose, shutting off the flow. The gardener, of course, peers directly into the empty nozzle to see what's wrong. Cue the boy to lift his foot, restoring the flow and soaking the gardener. Spotting the fleeing boy, the gardener catches him and spanks him.

When I first read about this movie, I'd visualised the boy as being about seven or eight years old at most. In the earlier (1895) version, he's clearly at least twelve: really too old to be engaged in this sort of mischief ... and spanking a boy of that age is not so much punitive as something else altogether. In this 1896 remake, he seems to be about thirteen or fourteen ... which makes the action seem even more contrived.

Worse luck; in this version, the teenaged boy is clearly capable of outrunning the middle-aged gardener ... so, when the prankster is first rumbled, the boy has to slip and fall in order to enable the gardener to catch him. Fair enough, except that the boy's tumble is obviously staged ... straining credibility even farther.

The Lumiere brothers' very earliest movies were simply filmed events: documentary footage. The 1895 version of 'Hoser and Hosed' is historically significant as an early attempt to tell a story in the cinema medium rather than merely record events. This '96 remake is filmed in a much more elaborate (and more beautiful) garden, but fails to improve on the crude original. I'll rate this remake only 6 out of 10.


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