Slapstick Summer Series! – A Story Well Spun (1906), Pre-Iconic

A lesser-known work from the world’s first female filmmaker, but one which is expertly filmed and a herald of things to come. From the start we see a Tramp-ish character as the lead, immediately pulling our mind toward Chaplin. We are then treated to an excellent chase-less chase sequence almost a decade before The Keystone Cops popularized chase films as a genre. The “stunts”, primarily created with the stop-edit replacement tricks standard for the time, are of the type that Buster Keaton would later perform without the proverbial safety-net.

Bonus: Try to spot the man pushing the barrel on the railroad tracks at the 0:50 mark.

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One Response to “Slapstick Summer Series! – A Story Well Spun (1906), Pre-Iconic”

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