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Daft comedy in which a suspicious wife poses as a naked Venus statue to spy on her husband
1916 12 mins Silent
Early filmmakers loved a statue gag. Something about standing still in a moving picture is splendidly silly, but of course dramatically, it privileges the viewer – we can see what the protagonist in the film can't, giving rise to a terrible temptation to shout out "behind you!" This comedy also makes use of another favourite trope of early filmmakers, the split-screen telephone conversation.
1916 on Film
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