AN ARTIST’S DREAM (1900)
Article 4609 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
What it is: Early trick film
An artist dreams that the women in his portraits have come to life and stepped out of the frames.
It looks like I’m not finished with trick shorts from the very early days of cinema; here’s another one. It’s a standard Melies imitation, with a devil showing up and running the proceedings, though that plot element does raise the question as to whether the artist is just dreaming or if the devil is playing a trick on him. It’s passable, but nothing really sets it apart from the pack.
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