Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Favourite Domestic Scene - 1898


Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: August 1898 (UK)
Production Co: Robert W. Paul
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Short | Comedy
A girl tickles her two brothers, hides under the bed and causes a pillow fight.
This film was quite a hit in its day. Back then, as now, cute kids were practically guaranteed to pull in audiences, and this comical little short, filmed in August 1898, has three of them. It opens with a loving mother putting her two boys to bed. No sooner has she left the room than their mischievous older sister sneaks in and tickles their noses with a feather duster. Of course, the boys blame each other and a fight ensues. At one point the pillows that the boys use as weapons burst, creating a visually striking image as the room fills with feathers that Paul would use again and which foreshadowed Jean Vigo's use of the same effect in his Zero de Conduite. 

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