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An Artist's Dream (1900)

The scene opens in the interior of an artist's studio. Mephisto appears mysteriously and signals the pictures to come to life. They step down from the frames and walk forward, admiring ... See full summary »

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Edwin S. Porter
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The scene opens in the interior of an artist's studio. Mephisto appears mysteriously and signals the pictures to come to life. They step down from the frames and walk forward, admiring their costumes. Mephisto then touches the artist on the shoulder, awakening him, and disappears. The artist, after rubbing his eyes, sees the picture on his right hand side and jumps up to embrace her. After embracing her once, he makes a second attempt and she disappears. The artist now wakes up, jumps to his feet, and runs to see if the picture are still in the frames. He examines them and finding that they are still fast on the wall, realizes that the has been dreaming and seeks consolation in the bottle. Written by Edison Films (1901)

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USA

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Well done!!
30 July 2006 | by joachimt-IMDBSee all my reviews

When you are rating a movie from the beginning of the 20th century, it's always hard to compare the quality and techniques with that of modern movies. "An artist's dream" is an early movie (1900) which shows a good attempt to explore the possibilities of this new art-form. The sudden appearances and disappearances of people in this movie are very well done. With one single camera-position (very common for those days) the discontinuities with the cuts can hardly be seen. The actors take one the right position to continue the act after the cut.

Although movies of that time have very bad quality, it's a great pleasure watching them, when they are made with such an originality as this one. It's worth every minute ...


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