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Film, Video The artist's dilemma Title in Edison films catalog: 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

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Title

  • The artist's dilemma

Other Title

  • Title in Edison films catalog: 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

Summary

  • "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. 125 ft."--Edison films catalog.

Names

  • Blackton, James Stuart, 1875-1941, production, camera
  • Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward), 1875-1958, production, camera
  • Vitagraph Company of America
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901.

Headings

  • -  Artists--Drama
  • -  Nightmares--Drama
  • -  Clowns--Drama
  • -  Artists' models--Drama
  • -  Painting--Drama

Genre

  • Fantasy films
  • Trick films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films

Notes

  • -  H11475 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 14Dec1901; H11475.
  • -  Cameraman credit from taken from Musser's Edision motion pictures 1890-1900. Early motion pictures and the AFI catalog give Edwin S. Porter as the cameraman.
  • -  Duration: 1:50 at 16 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1465) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 647-648; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 14; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 96 [MI].
  • -  Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith.
  • -  Filmed ca. November to December 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEB 9689 to FYA 1274.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (57 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 125 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (57 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 125 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 125 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 125 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4479 (viewing print)
  • FYA 1274 (viewing print)
  • FRA 0105 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 5241 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0178A (paper pos)
  • Box 5032B (paper pos, copy 2)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694148

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Vitagraph Company Of America, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. The Artist's Dilemma. produceds by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, Camera, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction, Camera United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1901. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694148/.

APA citation style:

Vitagraph Company Of America, Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1901) The Artist's Dilemma. Blackton, J. S. & Smith, A. E., prods United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694148/.

MLA citation style:

Vitagraph Company Of America, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. The Artist's Dilemma. prod by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, Camera, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction, Camera United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1901. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694148/>.