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Article #607 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-12-2002
Posting date: 4-8-2003

An immigrant has strange experiences in a hotel room.

This is probably the shortest film I've done (it runs roughly thirty seconds), though it may be just a clip; however, since its length in feet is roughly sixty percent of that of THE MAN WITH THE RUBBER HEAD, I'll settle. It's Edwin S. Porter doing a Melies bit again with a disappearing tumbling bellboy, vanishing luggage, instant clothes changes, and one man's horrible miscalculation on the nature of the lighting technology in use in the hotel (of which a more detailed explanation would not only explain the title but would also give away the ending). And God forbid you should have me ruin this thirty seconds for you by indulging in spoilers.

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