Short Friday: Old Man Drinking a Glass of Beer (1898)

Never mind L'Arroseur arrosé; this is the first great comedy. It's forty seconds long and pretty darn silly.

As you may have noticed, the bloke gets drunk unrealistically quickly. That is, it's like the film is sped up, only it's not sped up! A proper humanities major could extract a well-sounding concept from this and tell you how that yields some deep insight into the human condition. I can't. Sorry. What I can is tell you that in two week's time I'll post a short that shows you what happens if you drink too much beer. And it's not pretty.

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