Film, Video Spirit of '76
About this Item
- Spirit of '76
- Dramatic recreation of the ca. 1875 painting "The spirit of '76" by Archibald M. Willard. Film opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a battlefield and stage props of dirt, stones, and a broken wagon wheel. From stage left marches a trio of Revolutionary soldiers in a fife and drum corps. As in the painting, the center drummer is a tall, older, white-haired man in a white shirt and dark vest. On his left, the other drummer is a young boy dressed in a uniform with a tricorner hat and boots to the knee. On the right marches a dark-haired fife player with a bandaged head, dressed in an unbuttoned uniform. When they reach center stage, the three march in place and play a tune as smoke from the battlefield drifts behind them. The soldiers then turn around, march towards the backdrop, and off stage right. A flash of smoke on stage simulates canon fire, after which the drummers and fife player march back onstage, still playing. After they have performed briefly, a man in a uniform and tricorner hat enters behind them, waving a large American flag. The corps continues to march in place and play as the flag waves.
- From Biograph bulletin no. 55: This is a reproduction of the famous painting by the same title and was made to illustrate chorus of the well-known song, "Bunker Hill." 59 feet. Class A.
- Contributor Names
- Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
- American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
- Created / Published
- United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905.
- Subject Headings
- - Willard, Archibald M.,--1836-1918.--"The spirit of '76"--Drama
- - United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Battlefields--Drama
- - Fife and drum corps--United States--Drama
- - Revolutionaries--United States--Drama
- - Patriotism--United States--Drama
- - Tableaux
- - Silent films
- Historical re-creations
- - H61107 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1905; H61107.
- - Original main title lacking.
- - Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
- - Duration: 0:57 at 16 fps.
- - Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
- - Catalog no. 3010; code name (for telegraphic orders) Retergebo.
- - Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
- - NCN046347; Spirit of '76.
- - Filmed May 19, 1905, in the Biograph New York City studio.
- - Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 219; Biograph Co. prod. records [MI]; World book ency., v. 16, c1981, p. 259.
- - Received: 11/23/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
- - Received: 7/26/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
- - Received: 5/19/05; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
- 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
- 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
- 1 roll (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- FEC 2231 (ref print)
- FPE 7895 (dupe neg)
- LC 1872b (paper pos)
- Library of Congress Control Number
- Online Format
- LCCN Permalink
- Library of Congress Online Catalog
- Additional Metadata Formats
- MARCXML Record
- MODS Record
- Dublin Core Record
ContributorsAmerican Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Bitzer, G. W.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Willard, Archibald M.
Subjects"the Spirit of '76"
Fife and Drum Corps
Filmed Vaudeville Acts
Willard, Archibald M.
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Chicago citation style:
Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Spirit of '76. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520675/. (Accessed December 08, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1905) Spirit of '76. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520675/.
MLA citation style:
Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Spirit of '76. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96520675/>.