Monday, January 2, 2012

Is Spiritualism a Fraud? - 1906

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Director: J.H. Martin
Release Date: July 1906 (UK)
Also known as: The Medium Exposed (UK - subtitle)
Filming Locations: Muswell Hill, London, England, UK
Runtime: 7 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Police | Spiritualism | Retribution | Public Humiliation | Seance  | Medium | Trick | Tied To Chair
Genres: Short | Comedy
Men expose a fake medium's tricks and take revenge. This is a well-constructed film for 1906. Action is continuous across five scenes, and the transition between interiors to exteriors is fluid. There are even some brief tracking shots at the end, which is noticeable because not many of the remaining films from Paul's Animatograph Works displays a mobile camera. Besides, today, we can view this as a weird early film; for that, it's somewhat interesting in itself.

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