THE CAMERAMAN’S REVENGE (1912)
aka Mest kinematograficheskogo operatoro, The Revenge of the Kinematograph Cameraman
Article 4790 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz
What it is: A sordid spectacle
A husband is having a torrid affair with a nightclub dancer. When he attacks a cameraman flirting with his lover, the latter decides to take revenge by filming their tryst. Meanwhile, the husband’s mate hasn’t exactly been idle herself…
Those not familiar with either the director’s name or the title of this short are probably wondering just what the fantastic content is in this sordid little story; those familiar with either one already know. Wladyslaw Starewicz was a pioneer Russian stop-motion animator who specialized at this time in using insects as his subject, so the story involves realistic-looking beetles, grasshoppers and dragonflies as its characters. It’s actually a bit startling to see these characters in a singularly adult story; this one is definitely not meant for the kiddies. I will say this much; it’s pretty unnerving to watch insects make out. Nevertheless, this is a memorable classic that won’t be soon forgotten.