Publicity Photos
      Edison-Porter Production (1903)    

  For the trade catalogue, and perhaps for other publicity purposes, the Edison Company prepared a set of photographs of the film's scenes. The pictures were not taken during the actual filming, as can be told from a number of different details. For example, in these stills "Tom" has a lot more hair on the top of his head than you'll see in the film. Perhaps the most intriguing difference involves the photo titled EVA'S VISION, where it looks as if there is a face in the moon outside the room in which Eva is dying; perhaps in the onstage version of this scene the UTC troupe that Porter is shooting used a magic lantern to project the face of an angel or something similarly divine onto the moon (as lantern images are used in the TABLEAU: DEATH OF TOM at the end), but Porter was unable to capture that effect with his camera -- in any case, the "vision" is not part of the film.

  The photos appear below as they were published on pages 5-7 of the catalogue. Courtesy the George Eastman House, Rochester.


  Just a few weeks after Porter's film was released, Sigmund Lubin, a rival filmmaker from Philadelphia, announced his own version of Uncle Tom's Cabin. This was a "dupe," or duplicate, slightly shorter and cheaper, but mainly matching Porter's version shot-for-shot with a different company of "Tommers." You can compare photos from each version by clicking HERE.

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