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An Accidental Alibi (Edison)

May 10, 2013

100 years ago, filmmakers were  just as obsessed with self-reflexivity as they are today. In An Accidental Alibi by John Adair, Joe Hardy (Augustus Phillips) is convicted of a murder he did not commit. The “accidental alibi,” a film taken of Joe on in New York City on the day that he was supposed to have committed the murder in the country, suddenly turns up and Joe is given a retrial. According to the Motography reviewer, this takes place in a “thrilling court room scene” in which  “the new evidence, in the shape of the motion picture is projected before the judge and the assembled jury. It is absolutely conclusive and the jury gives a verdict of “Not guilty” without leaving their seats” (Motography, 3 May 1913, p. 334). Screen shot 2013-03-31 at 10.40.20 AM

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  1. May 19, 2013 9:37 pm

    Just caught onto this now & dig the concept. I tried something similar a few years back (around the same time you began) but covering films 10-100 years old in similar fashion. Only made it about 9 months (though the archive remains on my blog) so kudos for keeping it up!

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