Film, Video Congress of nations /

Format Film, Video
Contributors Blackton, James Stuart
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Smith, Albert E.
Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward)
Thomas A. Edison, Inc
Vitagraph Company of America
Dates 1900
Location China
Great Britain
United States
Language English
Subjects China
Filmed Performances
Foreign Relations
Great Britain
International Relations
Magic Tricks
Short Films
Silent Films
Trick Films
United States
Congress of nations /
From Edison films catalog: A new and sensational film, which deals in a highly up-to-date manner with the international situation. A magician steps upon the stage carrying a hoop covered with white paper. Then in quick succession the flags of Germany, Russia, Ireland, England and China are brought forth and from each a soldier is produced corresponding with the flag of each nation. The magician adds a bit of comedy to the scene by producing a decidedly Hibernian policeman from the flag of Erin's Isle. The magician then slowly waves his arms in front of the American flag, and as he dissolves into thin air a striking and patriotic tableau appears. The dissolving effect from the magician to the tableau is a new and unique effect never hitherto achieved in motion photography. 115 feet. $17.25.
Contributor Names
Blackton, James Stuart, 1875-1941, production, camera.
Smith, Albert E., production, cast.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.
Subject Headings
-  Magic tricks--United States--Drama
-  Magicians--United States--Drama
-  International relations--Drama
-  United States--Foreign relations--1897-1901
-  Flags--United States
-  Patriotism--United States--Drama
-  Flags--Germany
-  Flags--Russia
-  Flags--Ireland
-  Flags--Great Britain
-  Flags--China
-  Soldiers--Germany--Drama
-  Soldiers--Russia--Drama
-  Police--Ireland--Drama
-  Soldiers--Great Britain--Drama
-  Soldiers--China--Drama
Trick films
-  D21659 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Nov1900; D21659.
-  Albert E. Smith.
-  Camera, J. Stuart Blackton.
-  Duration: 1:59 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed ca. September to early November 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 640; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 81 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 95 [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
ref print. 1 reel of 1 (ca. 115 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos. 1 roll of 1 (ca. 115 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number
FEC 2816 (ref print)
LC 1546 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
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