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  • The Turn-of-the-Century Barber

    The Turn-of-the-Century Barber

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Gruesome early movie in which a barber beheads a nervous customer in order to give him a better shave, then reattaches the head before sending him on his way. Considering cinema didn't even exist 12 months before this movie was made, the speed with which the early pioneers began to experiment with the medium is quite astonishing

  • Komische Begegnung im Tiergarten zu Stockholm

    Komische Begegnung im Tiergarten zu Stockholm

    ★★★

    Sweden's first movie pre-dates American slapstick by a good decade or more. It's kind of a mess, though, and although it's one of the first movies to feature more than one scene, the cut from one scene to the next (there are only two) is clumsy to say the least.

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  • Interrupted Lovers

    Interrupted Lovers

    ★★½

    An early attempt at a narrative that should at least be praised for trying something different, even if it is pretty crude. It's no wonder nearly ten years passed before fictional movies began to really take hold - the acting here is beyond awful.

  • History Is Made at Night

    History Is Made at Night

    ★★★

    Although it might sound like some lightweight Lubitsch musical comedy, History is Made at Night is actually a drama in which elegant head waiter Charles Boyer is framed on a murder charge after extricating love interest Jean Arthur from a blackmail plot engineered by her wealthy and extremely jealous estranged husband. It’s a good movie until the final act, but is undone by weaknesses in the far-fetched plot. Also, the two stars never really click, even though the suave and…