This short is very interesting, I think. It’s a rare moment of the great inventor/entrepreneur himself captured on film. It is, of course, completely staged, being shot on a set, not in an actual laboratory. Edison is clearly mixing things and then heating them and such without any particular rhyme or reason. It kind of captures the performative element of his iconic status. Still, I found it very interesting to actually see Edison. I’m not sure if this is the only time he was captured on film or not; most likely not since he didn’t die until 1930, but still, an interesting historical curio. 0 stars.
tl;dr – interesting as a historical curiosity that captures Edison himself on film; in keeping with the Edison myth, it’s totally staged of course. 0 stars.