Fun Size Review: The Lumberjack (1914)

Well, this is interesting! A rare surviving example of a “home talent” film from the silent era. Basically, itinerant filmmakers would show up in a town, make a quickie film with an all-local cast, make some money at screenings and then move onto the next town.

In this case, the town is Wasau, Wisconsin and the lumberjack is… well, I’m not sure, actually. The amateur elements are a big part of this film’s charm and I enthusiastically recommend it to anybody interested in the lost history of itinerant filmmakers.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

It all ends in a happy wedding.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Pastel Rice Krispie Treats. The local bake sale still has much to offer.

Availability: Released on DVD and Bluray by Flicker Alley as part of their We’re in the Movies set. It features other local productions and a documentary on the making of The Lumberjack, filmed when some of the locals were still around to remember the event. Great stuff!


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  1. John McElwee

    I really enjoy your writing — the knowledge, insight, humor. Have just ordered “We’re In The Movies’ on your very colorful endorsement of “The Lumberjack.” Would mention too that your site is a model of design and arresting visuals. Love your witty captions to all these images.

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