Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)

USA, 6 min

An Edisonian tale of warning. Earliest known film dealing with the dangers of cheese dreams!

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Produced for the Edison Company. A fine example of the surrealist elements found in the many trick films made in the first decade of the century. A man eats rarebit and then has nightmares in which inanimate objects came to life and his bed flies off with him. The story was borrowed from Winsor McCay.

… what in blazes is rarebit? I was too American to know; it’s yet another Brit-dish, a savory sort of sauce thing made from melted cheese and “various other ingredients” (I think mustard and spices mostly), served on fuggin’ toast. (But is it a far cry from just “cheese on toast”? Why has no one ever made me cheese on toast?) Anyway, here’s a gourmet-looking picture from britishcheese.com, but also take a look at this more questionable at-home shot, the classic paper-plate dining experience… this is the dish’s representative picture on wikipedia, yecch.

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One comment

  1. groossss the last picture looks like untoasted bread with velveta and pepper on it. That’s really unappetizing. I’d probably dream of munchkins also if I ate that.

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