Man’s Genesis (1912)

Article #485 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-13-2002
Posting date: 12-6-2002

Caveman Weakhand loses his girl Lillywhite to the bully Bruteforce, and must use his brain to win out.

The first caveman epic? I wouldn’t be surprised, though it is always hard to say with these early films, as there are many lost and unknown ones out there; it is currently the earliest one I’ve covered so far. D. W. Griffith’s short is fun and simple, but with only ten minutes of running time, there is once again not much one can say. Though I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve heard that footage from this was used in D. W. Griffith’s PRIMITIVE MAN, made the next year.

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