"This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it is the only accurate recent portrait of the great inventor. The scene is an actual one, ...
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A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presents the most perfect and diversified views of the ... See full summary »
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
"This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it is the only accurate recent portrait of the great inventor. The scene is an actual one, showing Mr. Edison in working dress engaged in an interesting chemical experiment in his great Laboratory. There is sufficient movement to lead the spectator through the several processes of mixing, pouring, testing, etc. as if he were side by side with the principal. The lights and shadows are vivid, and the apparatus and other accessories complete a startling picture that will appeal to every beholder." Written by
One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, has a running time of about 32 seconds and an added piano music score. See more »
It hardly matters that this footage is in itself rather simple and straightforward. Given the amazing number of Thomas Edison's ideas and inventions that have become a part of our daily lives, the chance to see him doing almost anything would be worthwhile. And so it is very fortunate that this short feature has been preserved.
The movie shows Edison at work in one of his labs, here apparently working with chemicals of some kind. While this is known to have been staged in a studio, it looks very realistic, and it gives you the opportunity to imagine that you are watching him work.
Practically everyone benefits every day from the fruits of Edison's imagination and perseverance. Touring the labs of his that have been preserved is a fascinating chance to imagine what it must have been like to see him at work. This little feature does not capture the full range of sights to be found in one of his actual workplaces, but in exchange it has the rare footage of the great inventor himself, as he would have looked while at work.
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