Three Silent Food Scenes

Charlie Chaplin in the "eating machine" scene of Modern Times, 1936. Is it just my darkness, or is this a kind of comedic inversion of the "rice pap" scene in Kafka's "In the Penal Colony"?



The bewitched food scene from the short film La maison Ensorcelée (The Haunted House). Made in 1907 by Segundo de Chomón, featuring stop-action magic utilizing some seriously sturdy bread and salami:


And finally, Fun in a Bakery Shop, created by Edison Manufacturing Co. in 1902, in which a baker nails a scurrying rat with a blob of dough, then has some fun sculpting faces with the same dough. According to the Library of Congress' notes on the video, this can be seen as a "proto-animation film, incorporating what might be called a 'lightning sketch' version of claymation."

I'm still worried about the rat.



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4 comments:

  1. It is odd that the napkin goes back into the napkin ring and into the cup, after it is used to clean up.

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  2. Some of us "didn't get it at all". Some "got it a little".

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  3. How do they get the teapot to float without wires?

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  4. I know--both of those things are funny. I imagine they had to use wires for the teapot, but I can't see them. And the napkin ring/cup thing is what makes this particular snippet of the film so good, I think: the timing is just right. It's like the napkin has a sense of humor.

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