The first brunette is outdoors, sweeping the street or a patio in front of a white wall, well lighted by the sunshine coming from the top left of the fixed camera; we may assume she is the ...
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The first brunette is outdoors, sweeping the street or a patio in front of a white wall, well lighted by the sunshine coming from the top left of the fixed camera; we may assume she is the Servant. A second brunette enters from the right, crosses to the left looking sideways at the Servant, and retraces her steps back - stepping over the dust and dead leaves collected by the work of the Servant; by the hat with a floral arrangement that tops her elaborate hairdo, the second woman is possibly the Lady. Both women are tall and well bodied, and are wearing white embroidered shirts and long dark round skirts that come to their ankles covered in black socks and dark leather shoes. The first Brunette menaces the second with the sweeping end of her broom but the second woman waves it aside with a large gesture of her left arm. The Servant throws away her tool, and they come to blows, slapping arms and forcing against each other by grabbing each other's shoulders and arms. Immediately, the ...Written by
A woman is sweeping the seashore when another woman comes by. The sweeping woman whacks the other with the broom and they get into a cat fight. A man intervenes, but the women are having too much fun. They beat him off, and go back to their cat fight.
Shot with the usual impeccable composition and sense of movement that all of the Lumiere's early films had, this short comedy -- for comedy it is -- raises questions of what the film makers intended, something that is a trifle murky more than a century later. Was it intended to titillate? That seems likely. Does the man's intervention hint at a sexual encounter? Hard to say at this distance in time.
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