The Dark Romance of a Tobacco Can

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Kitty
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The Dark Romance of a Tobacco Can

Post by Kitty » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:46 pm

This is what I presume to be a lost film from 1911 that was transformed into a short story in the October 1911 issue of Motion Picture Story Magazine. This one caught my eye because of the photos---I thought it was going to be a film with black players, and (silly me) perhaps a tale of life on the homestead. Not at all.
It's mainly interesting because in the beginning of the story the character is played by a real black woman, and later the same character is played by a white woman in blackface. For today's standards, it's an unfunny comedy, only of interest to those who want a good idea of how the black community really was treated, especially in the old days in cinema and beyond.

http://archive.org/stream/motionpicture ... 9/mode/2up
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Re: The Dark Romance of a Tobacco Can

Post by donnie » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:59 pm

Interesting! Yes, the story is racist, but I love the writing style used in those old stories. This plot reminds me of one of my favorite shorts (can't remember if I've posted somewhere on here awhile back or not—I may have). It is Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913), an Alice Guy-Blaché film, starring Fraunie Fraunholtz. The standard must-get-married-quickly-to-inherit-a-fortune plot, and there is a brief scene with a mistaken African-American prospective bride.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JksGdNQ4F_Q

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