5. The Electric Hotel – Segundo de Chomon

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SUMMARY: A couple check into a hotel where everything is controlled electrically.

WHY IT’S HERE: This Spanish short film is one of the earliest examples of this kind of blending of live action film and stop motion animation. A couple check into a hotel where everything is done electrically. This somehow means that their bags are able to unpack themselves and the razors and brushes shave and brush their hair and shoes unassisted. The effect may look primitive today but the objects still come to life convincingly and in a way that must have amused audiences greatly in 1908. The climax, in which the electrics go wrong and everything goes crazy, is an early example of the fear of encroaching technology that would permeate many subsequent 20th century texts.

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