William K.L. Dickson becomes the original director/writer/actor in American cinema with this tour de force. This film consists of Dickson kind of bowing while holding his hat in his hands. This not resulting in a particularly entertaining film, Dickson decides to repeat the exact same footage twice more, somewhat slowed down. William K.L. Dickson: inventor of the gif. Anyway, I’ll stop being a smartass for a second and mention that the technological advance from the Monkeyshines films of 1890 is really incredible. You can see Dickson with real clarity, all the way down to the expression on his face. This one is really easily mistakable for a silent snippet from the nineteen-teens or even twenties, I’d say. But it’s still just a guy with a hat. 0 stars.
tl;dr – downright shocking technological innovation, but there’s nothing here of interest but that historical element. 0 stars.