Monday, 4 August 2014
The One-Man Band (1900)
More trickery in front of a static camera from Georges Melies here, less than two minutes long and presented as a novelty rather than a narrative. Like The Haunted Castle, it feels like a piece of music hall-style light entertainment with a camera pointed at it. We are still at the stage where cinema is a novelty and the basics of film grammar are not taken for granted.
It's fun amusing to watch, though, and it's nice to imagine that it has something of Melies' personality to it.
The film is, naturally, in the public domain, and easy to find on YouTube or the online channel of your choice.