We're having a tougher time enjoying Nuit Blanche these days since it has become a victim of its own success. The more popular and presumably better projects are swarmed with people which result in wait times of sometimes over an hour. Since this is longer than we have the patience to wait for a single event, we bypassed them and headed for the more accessible exhibits. Possibly it was our own fault for not having more perseverance, but the bottom line was that we were disappointed with what we saw. There was not the wow factor of previous years. The other issue could have been that we picked the financial/entertainment district which was easy to get to from our home, as opposed to the Queen West area where the projects seemed edgier and more interesting. This stemmed from memories of previous years where we were trapped out in that area in the wee hours, unable to get onto any of the packed streetcars in order to return home. So we can only blame ourselves and will try harder next year.
Jack and the Beanstock by Thomas Edison which looked like a filming of a stage play. The negative was so worn that we could see scratches on the film at one point. There were no special effects to speak of, so the giant was just a very tall guy. The second was a 1918 movie called "The Cook" starring Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle as a waiter and a cook in a restaurant. Their physical comedy transcends the need for dialogue. A very funny recurring joke shows the cook producing all sorts of meals and drinks from the same huge vat, then tossing the dishes at the waiter who deftly catches them just as he walks into the kitchen. At the end, Fatty takes his hat and coat out of the vat to go home. Fatty also stars in the next film called the "Reckless Romeo" who gets in trouble when he flirts with other women and is caught by his wife. All 3 clips can be found on YouTube.
We've pledged to do better research next year and maybe even wait in line once or twice in search of a more satisfying Nuit Blanche experience.