"Here the celebrated actor Joseph Jefferson is shown giving his famous toast. Mr. Jefferson's features distinctly show on this picture that by watching the motion of his lips one could ... See full summary »
A stationary camera, looking diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield, records the horses as they race past. Once they are out of view and the race is over, police officers run onto... See full summary »
This film was incorporated wholly into the compilation film Rip Van Winkle (1903), which is in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. It was restored by the Library of Congress from its paper print collection, has a running time of about 25 seconds, and an added piano music score. See more »
1903's "Rip van Winkle", directed by W. K. L. Dickson, may be one of the first films, if not the first, that has an actual plot. Originally, it was actually a film serial comprised of eight short films from 1896 that, when put together, more or less tell the well-known story by Irving. Of course, looking at each of them separately you can't at all get the full feel of what Dickson was going for, due to every clip being only about twenty seconds long and telling only a very small fraction of the plot. Likewise here.
"Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow" is the fourth film in the series and pretty much nothing happens in it, except that Rip (Joseph Jefferson) enters a ring of dwarfs (really grown men hunching over) and just stands around. The dwarfs do wear costumes in it, which is something rare for the era, but that's really all you can say for this segment when taken out of context. With that said, even when you do put it in context with its other seven installments, it still won't really interest anyone except film buffs like me, or historians interested in the early years of film.
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