Modern Media

How a French Nobleman Got a Wife through the New York Herald Personal Columns
R: Edwin S. Porter.  P: Edison Manufacturing Co.  USA 1904

“Edison’s principle domestic rival in 1904 was once again the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. Biograph was then producing a series of popular story films, which it used as exclusives for its exhibition circuits. Edison affiliated renters and exhibitors were deeply frustrated that they could not acquire these films. Taking advantage of this demand and eager to harm its competitor, the Edison Company had Edwin S. Porter remake several of Biograph’s hits. This one was a remake of Personal. Ultimately, Biograph had to sell its story films as soon as they were shown in theaters, undermining its exhibition service. Biograph sued Edison for copyright infringement on this film, but lost.”

Getting Evidence
R: Edwin S. Porter. D: Paul Panzer. P: Edison Manufacturing Co. USA 1906

“This movie has a lot in common with Mr. Flip, that came out a few years later. The comedy hinges on a man being a persistent pest, and not taking the hint when he is upbraided for his behavior. The seltzer spritz and wheelbarrow scene are also similar to some of the punishments Ben Turpin suffers in that film. Unlike Turpin, however, this comedian doesn’t really add much to his pratfalls, he just takes the abuse when it comes. He isn’t funny in himself, it’s just that some of the things that happen to him are funny. The car running over him is pretty convincing, although I think it was done with jump cuts and a dummy.”
Century Film Project

Max fait de la photo
R: Lucien Nonguet. D: Max Linder. P: Pathé. Fr 1913
Engl. version

TRAUM UND EXZESS, S. 242 und S. 245