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The Burwell Collection, no. 18 - Aladdin’s Camera (1969)

C.W. Burwell III

Silent | 1968 | 1969

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    This 1969 short narrative film by Charles Burwell, “Aladdin’s Camera,” portrays a young man purchasing a camera and filming the streets and people in downtown Houston. The man makes his way into Hermann Park where the camera seemingly acts as a Genie’s bottle, and a beautiful young lady, Jeannie, appears. The couple go on to have a romantic day in the park taking walks and riding horses before the man finds his camera again and unintentionally puts Jeannie back in her “bottle.” Many historic sites in Houston are captured throughout the film, as well as examples of Burwell’s experimental film techniques.