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Film, Video Japanese acrobats

Digital viewing copy

About this Item

Title

  • Japanese acrobats

Summary

  • An Oriental man and boy walk on a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden or park, give a slight bow to the camera as if it were an audience member, and remove their silk jackets. Both wear dark tights and leotards with light-colored slippers; the man also wears grey trunks, and the boy sports a white cloth around his middle. Lying on his back on a fitted mat, the man juggles and spins the boy with his feet. The boy's acrobatic movements include spinning in a tucked ball-like position, flipping lengthwise in a prone position, flipping from a standing position to a shoulder-stand, somersaulting from a standing to a sitting position, repeated flips involving both the hands and feet of the man, and other series of somersaults and turns. After finishing the act, the acrobats take a slight bow and run off the stage, then return for another bow before finally exiting.
  • "A Japanese juggler performs some marvelous juggling feats with a boy. Lying on his back on the floor, he spins the boy with his feet and makes him turn numerous somersaults. 120 ft"--Edison films catalog no. 288.

Names

  • Porter, Edwin S., camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1904.

Headings

  • -  Acrobats--United States
  • -  Acrobatics--United States
  • -  Japanese--United States

Genre

  • Filmed vaudeville acts
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films

Notes

  • -  H45038 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 29Apr1904; H45038.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Duration: 1:44 at 18 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1658) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 166; AFI catalog: film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 150; Edison films catalog, no. 288, July 1906, p. 48.
  • -  Camera, Edwin S. Porter.
  • -  Filmed April 20, 1904 in Edison's New York City studio.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  paper pos (copies 1 and 2) Received: 1904-29-04; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  Paper print roll lacking suffix.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 120 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 120 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 120 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 120 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4672 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2179 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1700 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 7672 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 1476 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0087 (paper pos)
  • Box 5117 (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 96515946

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Japanese Acrobats. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1904. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/96515946/.

APA citation style:

Porter, E. S., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1904) Japanese Acrobats. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96515946/.

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Japanese Acrobats. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/96515946/>.