USA, 6 min
An Edisonian tale of warning. Earliest known film dealing with the dangers of cheese dreams!
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.