Format Film, Video
Dates 1901
Location United States
Language English
Subjects (James Abram)
Assassination
Garfield, James A.
Lincoln, Abraham
Martyrs
McKinley, William
Presidents
Tableaux
United States
Title
The martyred presidents /
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1901.
Subject Headings
-  McKinley, William,--1843-1901--Assassination
-  Garfield, James A.--1831-1881--(James Abram),--Assassination
-  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865--Assassination
-  Presidents--Assassination--United States
-  Martyrs--United States
-  Tableaux
Notes
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 7Oct1901; H9412.
-  Duration: 1:04 at 15 fps.
-  Camera: Edwin S. Porter.
-  This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln and then of two other presidents, Garfield and McKinley, can be seen on the monument and then they disappear. There is a figure huddled at the foot of a statue of Justice, as if asking forgiveness.
-  From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE MARTYRED PRESIDENTS--LINCOLN, GARFIELD, McKINLEY. Ungueltig. [code for telegraphic orders]. We have just finished and now offer to exhibitors a picture which we consider most valuable as an ending to the series of McKinley funeral pictures. The scene opens with a beautiful woman who represents Columbia seated at the altar of Justice. As if from out of space there slowly appears a perfect and lifelike picture of Abraham Lincoln. The forming of the picture is first noticed by the appearance of what seems to be a mere spot on the front of the altar. This spot slowly enlarges and is focused into shape, until, to the amazement of the audience, the face of the great emancipator is clearly shown. President Lincoln's likeness is allowed to remain upon the altar just long enough for recognition, when, in the same mysterious manner that it appeared, it slowly fades and in its place their grows the picture of President Garfield. This in a like manner fades away, and again as out of the dim distance comes the picture of our great martyred President, William McKinley. The tableau is then dissolved into a picture of an assassin kneeling before the throne of Justice. Here the tableau ends, leaving an impression of mingled sorrow and sublimity upon the audience. We predict for this picture a remarkable success, and particularly where it is shown in connection with the funeral ceremonies of the illustrious McKinley. Class B 75 ft. $11.25
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 10/7/1901; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 roll (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
LC 100 (paper pos)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
lcmp001 m1b41671 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp001.m1b41671
Library of Congress Catalog Number
00694360
http://lccn.loc.gov/00694360


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