The film " L'ARROSEUR ARROSE "(1896) is a beautiful piece of evidence how the filming industry began to change and progress into bringing story telling to a whole new level. First of all we have a protagonist and a character which provides a certain depth. The boy, brings comedy to this film in a simple manner. Now a days, jokes are very complex however it can be seen that with one simple joke, a lot can be done.
The exaggeration of movements also allows for us as the viewer to get emotionally invested with the characters. We can feel the mischief of the boy but at the same time we are worried with what is to happen to the man. Thus, when the prank is pulled off, one laughs and feels bad for the man but also fears what is to happen to the boy.
In 44 seconds, we are given characters, a plot, and the problem. These are all essential to a film and this is exacted with style.
I may not know much about film but I can say that with short films like these, directors were progressing leading to the type of films that we had today. This is why I appreciate silent film and all of what it brought.