This is the only way to drink tea. Animated GIF

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As Vivian Martin demonstrates inthe 1914 film The Wishing Ring, in order to properly appreciate tea, you need to drink it like you mean it. No dainty little sips for this young lady. Drain the cup and then enjoy the post-tea bliss, that’s the only way to do it. If you have never seen The Wishing Ring, you really should. It absolutely kills the myth that films were crude until a certain influential-but-hate-drenched movie came along… Plus, it’s an adorable romance with breathtaking cinematography.

You can read my review of The Wishing Ring here.

Availability: The Wishing Ring was released as an extra of the DVD of the documentary Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee, N.J. It has a score from the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The disc is out of print but worth seeking out. There is also a version released by Reel Classic DVD but I have not viewed it.

The Wishing Ring (1914) A Silent Film Review

In ye olde merrie Englande (that mystical place of superfluous letters), a wastrel of a college student pulls one prank too many and is kicked out of both school and home. He ends up falling for the local parson’s daughter, who makes it her mission to reconcile father and son. Oh, and she thinks she has a magic wishing ring. What? Doesn’t everyone?

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