El hotel eléctrico

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El hotel eléctrico
Hoteleléctrico2.jpg
A scene from El Hotel eléctrico
Directed by Segundo de Chomón
Starring Segundo de Chomón, Julienne Mathieu
Distributed by Pathé Frères
Release dates
  • 31 October 1908 (1908-10-31)
Running time
8 minutes
Country Spain
France
Language Silent

El hotel eléctrico (Spanish: The Electric Hotel) is a 1908 silent Spanish comedy-fantasy film directed by Segundo de Chomón, It was thought to be lost but was later recovered.[1]

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The film displays one of the earliest uses of stop motion animation in history, though it is not de Chomón's first try at this technique. His 1906 film, Le théâtre de Bob, uses animated puppets. However, El Hotel eléctrico is also an early use of pixilation.

Plot[edit]

Julienne Mathieu's hair appears to brush itself, one of the first uses of stop-motion animation in film.

As baggage is checked in, that baggage moves by itself to a room where it opens itself, revealing lots of brushes that now move out. A man and a woman sit down. Then the man's boot unbuckles by itself. With the boot off, a brush moves itself up and down on the front end. The woman's coat comes off by itself, followed by the woman's hair receiving a thorough brushing - also by itself - and subsequently her hair ties itself into a bun. Following those actions is a scene of a man in front of a wall full of electrical switches. As he pulls one large switch down, the scene cuts to various chairs and other furniture moving in chaotic ways as the short ends.

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