The Non-Stop Motorcycle

Viggo Larsen, 1908, 4 min
A young man, crazy about motorcycles, buys an Ellehammer and drives it out of the store at wild speed. During his unruly driving, he knocks over several people, all of whom set out to chase him.

This short film is a popular and time-typical example of the so-called “pursuit farce”, or “running farce”, as the genre was called by the film’s director Viggo Larsen. The action in a pursuit farce is sorely simple: under some pretext, a person is pursued over hedge and ditch, typically by more and more people. The genre demonstrates the new media’s unique ability to show movement.

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