Friday, September 16, 2011

BRIEF REVIEWS OF FILMS BY THE GUY WHO DID THE LIGHTBULB AND TRIED TO MAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF CEMENT (3)

THE SNEEZE (1894): A suspense movie. Fred Ott is the eponymous sneezer, and his up-down fore-aft motion is a balletic symphony of anticipation and moistness. Or opera or something like opera of wetness. At seven seconds, this film is lean, compact, and lean. (Note: Fred Ott wears a necktie, which seems like an odd choice of ties if you are going to do a bunch of sneezing or even one sneeze. John Rice at least wore a bow tie when he kissed May Irwin who wasn’t his mother.)

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