The Cheese Mites, or Lilliputians in a London Restaurant (1901)

Article 4054 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 10-12-2012
Directed by Walter R. Booth
Cast unknown
Country: UK
What it is: Trick film

A diner is startled to discover that there are little people living inside his beer and his wedge of cheese.

For its time, this trick film is pretty bare bones; it really has only one special effect to it, but then, a number of film makers were still trying to catch up to Melies. For me, the most interesting thing is that the diner seems delighted to see these little people popping out of his food. I’m not sure how it was back then, but nowadays I’d be pretty sure that some health regulations were being broken if I found little people living in my supper. Then I’d feel bad about the fact that by consuming the cheese, I’d be eating them out of house and home… literally. These are pretty silly things to be worrying about, but that’s what happens when you’re reviewing a one-minute movie.

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