Format Film, Video
Dates 1901
Language English
Subjects Artists
Artists' Studios
Clowns
Drama
Hallucinations and Illusions
Magic Tricks
Painting
Sexual Behavior
Women in Art
Title
The artist's dilemma /
Other Title
Artist's dilemma, or What he saw in a nightmare
What he saw in a nightmare
artist's dilemma, or what he saw in a nightmare
what he saw in a nightmare
Summary
From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture. While the artist is executing the work a clown comes down from the clock, takes in the situation and begins to make love to the lady. The artist detects him and compels him to desist his love making. He continues to paint. The clown becomes interested and asks the artist to allow him to paint the picture, and begins smearing a whitewash brush over the canvas, when lo, a most perfect image of the young lady appears. The image then steps down from the frame, joins the young lady in the studio, and the figures, each a perfect counterpart of the other begin to dance to the great astonishment of the artist. The clown then by waving his hand causes the figures of the two girls to merge into one. The artist then assumes his seat and awakens from his dream with a great shock. Class A 125 ft. 18.75.
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901.
Subject Headings
-  Artists--Drama
-  Clowns--Sexual behavior--Drama
-  Painting--Drama
-  Women in art--Drama
-  Artists' studios--Drama
-  Magic tricks--Drama
-  Hallucinations and illusions--Drama
Notes
-  H11475 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 14Dec1901; H11475.
-  Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith.
-  Duration: 1:50 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed ca. November to December 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 647-48; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 96 [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
Medium
ref print. 1 reel of 1 (ca. 125 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos. 1 roll of 1 (ca. 125 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number
FEB 9689 (ref print)
LC 1465 (paper pos)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 1465 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.1465
Library of Congress Catalog Number
00694148
http://lccn.loc.gov/00694148


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