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Cecil Hepworth


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Thanks for the link DREDNM,

The article doesn't mention it by title but one of Hepworth's biggest contributions to cinematic language occurred in 1905 in a short subject called RESCUED BY ROVER (1905).  It is a delightful little "dog to the rescue" movie and was one of the very first and most influential movies to establish geographic continuity. He sets up a pattern of shots which allows the viewer to anticipate what is coming next. This led indirectly to the development of the cross. The cross-cut is often erroneously described as D. W. Griffith's invention but actually appears in a well developed form 3 years before THE LONELY VILLA (1909) in a short subject by an unknown director called THE 100 TO 1 SHOT; OR A RUN OF LUCK (1906). Its an exciting little melodrama about an evil landlord, the imperiled heroine and her elderly father and the stalwart hero to the rescue. It has an amazing number of interesting shots for such an early film. There is a pristine copy still held by the Museum of Modern Art. 

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Both the Rover and Lonely Villa films are available on Youtube. Thanks for the input. I was concentrating on the 4 surviving features from Hepworth and his excellent use of location shooting. I've seen TANSY and HELEN OF FOUR GATES so far.

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