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Point of View and the Gag

by Kate Fortmueller

Like Grandma's Reading Glasses (1900), As Seen Through a Telescope (1900) is an example of how narrative developed in film that also thematizes the act of looking and plays with the point of view shot. The film uses matting to draw attention to each close-up. As Seen Through a Telescope differs from Grandma's Reading Glasses because it focuses on the pleasure of looking at a woman's ankle (rather than the objects in Grandma's Reading Glasses).

As Seen Through a Telescope (1900)

Like Grandma's Reading Glasses (1900), this film thematizes the act of looking. In this film a man sneaks a look at a woman's ankle.

from As Seen Through a Telescope (1900)
Creator: George Albert Smith
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller