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The Enchanted Drawing
(1900) American
B&W : Short film
Directed by (unknown)

Cast: J. Stuart Blackton [the artist].

The Vitagraph Company of America production; distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company. / Cinematography by Albert E. Smith. / © 16 November 1900 by Thomas A. Edison [D21656]. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot [?] between September to early November? 1900.


Synopsis: [From Edison promotional materials] Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from the paper on which they were drawn and pours actual wine out of the bottle into a real glass. Surprising effects quickly follow after this; and the numerous changes of expression which flit over the face in the sketch cause a vast amount of amusement and at the same time give a splendid illustration of the caricaturist's art. 100 feet. 15.00.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive (LC 1592); 35mm reference positive (FEB 9701); 16mm reference reduction positive (38 feet) (FLA 4606)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Listing updated: 26 September 2012.

References: Slide-BigV p. 172 : Website-LoC.

Home video: DVD.

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