Film, Video Spirit of '76

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Title
Spirit of '76
Summary
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
Genre
Historical re-creations
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  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.
Medium
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
96520675
Online Format
image
video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/96520675
Library of Congress Online Catalog
https://catalog.loc.gov/vwebv/search?searchCode=STNO&searchArg=96520675&searchType=1&recCount=10
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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.)

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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/.

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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/>.