Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Video: Mark Twain, 1909

Friday, August 31, 2012

Isabella/Susan reporting:

This short, silent clip is doubly rare: not only is it the only known film of humorist and author Mark Twain (1835-1910), but it was shot by his friend, inventor and pioneer filmmaker Thomas Edison (1847-1931). While it seems ironic to have no more than a silent record of Twain, a man known for his keen wit and entertaining public speaking, this minute-and-a-half still manages to capture his personality. You can imagine Twain joking with Edison while he strolls down the path, puffing on his cigar as the wind ruffles his white hair, and imagine him, too, laughing with his two daughters as they drink tea – or at least pretend to. And don't miss one of his daughters anchoring her hat against that same breeze with a lethally long hatpin!

Mark Twain with Daughters Clara & Jean at "Stormfield," Redding Connecticut, 1909, by Thomas Edison. From the Internet Archive.


Time Traveling in Costume said...

I enjoyed that very much! I have always been a fan of Clemmons/Twain but have only seen people reenact him. This gives a better visual perspective of him.

Felicia said...

Thanks for posting this piece of film!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

That was cool. I'm a Twain fan and it was nice to see him in "action". I've only seen photo of him.

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