Those Awful Hats (dir. DW Griffith, 1909)

The modern day movie goer is plagued by rude people who bring in their cell phones and noisy children. Heck, just the other day when some friends and I went to see Disney’s Zootopia at the theater, this woman walks in late, drags her son in, and shouts to everyone present, “IS THIS AN AD? NO? OH SO IT’S THE MOVIE? YEAH? DID IT JUST START? YEAH? OH AND IT’S ZOOTOPIA, RIGHT? YEAH?” Of course, then I get a case of the nostalgia and start wondering if the theater going experience was better long ago in the days of early cinema.

If this short film is anything to go by, then that answer is a strong “hell no.” Even back in 1909, movie lovers had to deal with people walking in late and, what’s worse, wearing the most obnoxious head wear. I’m not sure if any theater employed such creative methods to relieve the problem as in here, however. All in all, this is a cute little movie, a rare D.W. Griffith comedy that works one hundred percent. Enjoy my friends!

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