“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)
How bad is it? It's an important historical document. Should you see it? Yes, because it's good.
This 3 minute Thomas Edison studios film has cropped up on some worst film lists, because it does indeed electrocute an elephant in real life. Topsy was dying of cancer and Edison wanted to show how electricity could be used for humane euthanasia. The results depend upon the viewer. There have been far more questionable films from that era, such as "In the Tombs" and "Invitation to a Hanging."