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The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend1906

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  • 3.9
A stunning visual fantasy adapted from the comics of Winsor McCay, which had appeared in the New York Telegram since 1904. Edwin S. Porter not only borrowed McCay's title but his dream-based narrative structure. Likewise, McCay's surreal imagery is convincingly realized on the screen using a variety of photographic tricks. Although such visuals had many antecedents, McCay's strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland" may have provided another useful point of departure. The basic story line and some of the film's visuals, however, can also be found in an earlier Pathé film made by Gaston Velle, RËVE À LA LUNE (1905). It took Porter eight weeks to execute the array of special effects in this 470-foot, seven-minute film.

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A fantastic work for it's time for sure. The rarebit devils were great!

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There are some interesting effects, true, but I found the film simultaneously frantic -- as if face-stuffing, staggering drunkenly, etc. were somehow funnier if more of them were crammed in to every moment -- and dragging -- when each of those "hilarious" scenes ran on too long -- not unlike a special-effects extravaganza of today. I'd have liked it more if the swirling city backdrops stayed still so I could get a good look.

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A fantastic work for it's time for sure. The rarebit devils were great!

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The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend is a classic 1906 special effects landmark. The story is charming and silly. It's a must-see.

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Oh frabjus day, coolay, coolay

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Incredible effects for its time period. Funny, too. Way ahead of its time.

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Remind me to never drink heavily while eating rarebit.

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Far, far out in the good way, funny, and kind of amazing.

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great fun with interesting experimentation in special effects

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U can see where todays cinema effects originated in little undiscovered gems like this one!

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Wonderful look at early special effects in film.

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great even at todays standards......

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absolutely amazing!totally awesome!loved it!

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tee hee little cheesy devils

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Gorgeous 5-star fun.