Rescued by Rover
Rescued by Rover marks possibly the only point in lm history where British cinema unquestionably led the world. It marks a key stage in the medium’s development from an amusing novelty to the “seventh art,” able to hold its own alongside literature, theatre, painting, music and other more traditional forms.
Film historians today continue to study Hepworth’s storytelling technique but that wasn’t what interested the 1905 audiences who flocked to see it. They went because it was a feel-good lm.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this was the least expensive movie to produce. It cost $37.40.
The film was so successful that the company had to make two shot-by-shot remakes to compensate for the negatives wearing out.
Feel Good Movies
To really work, they must have energy and spontaneity – a reckless quality that no amount of script tinkering from studio development executives can guarantee. The best take you by surprise.
What Hollywood Is Looking For
There is no reason that a feel-good movie needs to be dumb. You can touch on social deprivation on and political injustice: the trick is to do so lithely and, if possible, with a little leavening humour.
Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006)
The Full Monty (Pete Cattaneo, 1997)
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Singin’ In The Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)