Robbery (1897 film)

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Screenshot from the film
Directed by Robert W. Paul
Produced by Robert W. Paul
Cinematography Robert W. Paul
Paul's Animatograph Works
Release date
  • September 1897 (1897-09)
Running time
24 seconds
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent

Robbery (AKA: A Wayfarer Compelled to Disrobe Partially) is an 1897 British short black-and-white silent comedy film directed by Robert W. Paul, featuring a wayfairer who is forced to handover his valuables and some of his clothes to an armed robber. The film, "although only intended as a comedy," according to Michael Brooks of BFI Screenonline, "in fact reveals how the stripping of one's Victorian 'uniform' also meant the stripping of one's integrity," and, "turns the viewer into an accomplice, since it forces us to watch the man's humiliation head-on, ultimately aligning ourselves not with the victim but with the thief." It is included on the BFI DVD R.W. Paul: The Collected Films 1895-1908.[1][2]


  1. ^ Brooke, Michael. "Robbery". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Robbery". BFI Film & TV Database. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 

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