Dream of a Rarebit Fiend. 1906. USA. Directed by Edwin S. Porter. Screenplay by Winsor McCay. With John P. Brown. 35mm. Silent, with musical accompaniment. Approx. 6 min.
“Films of this type were made first in France, notably by Méliès. Here any number of tricks and devices are used—stop motion photography, painted backgrounds, double exposure—in a picture remarkable successful in its time.”
The Navigator. 1924. USA. Directed by Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton. Screenplay by Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez, Joseph Mitchell. With Keaton, Clarence Burton, Noble Johnson. 35mm. Silent, with musical accompaniment. Approx. 60 min.
“The plot of The Navigator is particularly amusing in that it restates the problem of Robinson Crusoe with an inadvertent sign, so to speak; where Robinson Crusoe on a deserted island has to create the rudiments of civilization; Keaton, finding himself and his girl marooned in an over-technicalized environment, has to create the rudiments of natural existence.”