Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mabel at the Wheel


"BriiiiiiiiIIIICK FIIIIIIIIIiiiiiight!"


Mabel at the Wheel by Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett, 1914:



Goatee divided in two patches with the vectors of a dowsing rod / Chaplin hated this film / But he's the only one you watch in it / Certain filmmakers of this period, they have their actors point at things out-of-frame, and you have no idea what they're indicating / Mabel at the Wheel is yet another auto-race picture, again from the same year as Dubliners and "After the Race" / The best thing about this film teeming with stupidities: the movements of the vehicles in the race / The cutting is mesmerizing / Cinema's debut car-chase

Mabel at the Wheel by Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett, 1914:




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Previous pieces on Chaplin at Cinemasparagus:

Making a Living [Lehrman, 1914] / Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. [Lehrman, 1914] / Mabel's Strange Predicament [Normand, 1914] / Between Showers [Lehrman, 1914] / A Film Johnnie [George Nichols, 1914] / Tango Tangles [Sennett, 1914] / His Favorite Pastime [George Nichols, 1914] / Cruel, Cruel Love [George Nichols, 1914] / The Star Boarder [George Nichols, 1914]


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