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FIGURE 4.22

Time and Again (II)

The Kleptomaniac

Edwin S. Porter, Edison Manufacturing Co., USA, 1905

Even though the climax brings them together in the same courtroom (right), Porter tells his two-part story, each about a woman who’s caught stealing, in sequential order, the first episode being completed before the second begins. On the left, a poor woman is apprehended stealing a loaf of bread to feed her children; in the center, a banker’s wife is caught shoplifting at a department store. The former is hauled off to jail, while the latter is released as a harmless neurotic.

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