Film, Video Kawana Trio

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Title
Kawana Trio
Summary
Opening title identifies the Kawana Trio as "artistic foot jugglers." The camera iris opens to reveal three Asians--two men and a woman--dressed in kimonos and looking down. They raise their heads and look at the camera, smiling, as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens to a stage with a dark background and a decorated, cushioned platform center stage. The men now wear white leotards with sashes tied at their waists. One of the two men reclines on the platform with his buttocks raised and supported by the cushion and his legs up in the air. The woman, dressed in a white leotard with a camisole-type top, enters and is helped up onto the reclining man's feet by the other partner. Starting on her stomach, the woman is juggled first to a sitting and then a side-reclining position. The film cuts to a closeup of the woman's body and the juggler's feet as he flips her into various positions, and then back to the long shot as she is juggled on her knees, feet, and stomach; somersaulted to a sitting position; and somersaulted to her back and spun. The trio then take a bow to the camera from the stage.
Cont.: The film cuts to a longer shot of the stage with two platforms on either side and the woman standing by a smaller platform center stage and behind the others. With her "spotting" them, the two men position themselves on their backs on the two platforms with their legs facing each other, and take turns juggling and spinning a circus-type barrel and then tossing it to the other, all with their feet. After several times back and forth, the two men stand on the stage and gesture to the camera. The film then cuts to a closer shot of one man positioned on a platform in center stage. The second acrobat runs and jumps onto the reclining man's feet and is juggled and somersaulted. As the second man is spun in a sitting position, the film cuts to a closeup. The man also spins in a tucked position, and then back to a sitting one. With a final cut to the original long shot, the first man continues to juggle and flip the other. Closes with a bow to the camera from the trio.
Contributor Names
Spanuth, Hans A., production.
Kawana Trio.
Commonwealth Pictures Corporation.
AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Commonwealth Pictures Corp., c1919.
Subject Headings
-  Jugglers--United States
-  Juggling--United States
-  Acrobats--United States
-  Acrobatics--United States
-  Silent films
Genre
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  LU13859 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Hans A. Spanuth; title & descr., 17Apr19; 4 prints, 5Apr19; LU13859.
-  Copyright under the title "Spanuth's original vod-a-vil movies" covers this film and three other Spanuth acts not held by LC; the four acts were originally distributed as series release no. 6.
-  Performers: Kawana Trio.
-  There are two copies of this same film on one reel, separated by 2 ft. of clear film and apparently from two different nitrate originals. The digital file was made from the first copy of the film on the reel, which runs 196 ft.; the second copy runs 194 ft. and includes nitrate deterioration printed from the original.
-  Duration: 3:16 at 16 fps.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN015197; Zouary can no159.
-  Filmed ca. 1918 in Chicago.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939; M/B/RS copyright descriptions; Motion picture news, v. 18.6, p. 955; M/B/RS Acquisition files (AFI/Zouary file); M/B/RS shelflist cards.
-  Received: 4/1/80 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection.
-  Received: 1/25/78 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (390 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (390 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEB 3205 (ref print)
FPD 2098 (dupe neg)
Library of Congress Control Number
96520998
Online Format
image
video
Description
Opening title identifies the Kawana Trio as "artistic foot jugglers." The camera iris opens to reveal three Asians--two men and a woman--dressed in kimonos and looking down. They raise their heads and look at the camera, smiling, as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens to a stage with a dark background and a decorated, cushioned platform center stage. The men now wear white leotards with sashes tied at their waists. One of the two men reclines on the platform with his buttocks raised and supported by the cushion and his legs up in the air. The woman, dressed in a white leotard with a camisole-type top, enters and is helped up onto the reclining man's feet by the other partner. Starting on her stomach, the woman is juggled first to a sitting and then a side-reclining position. The film cuts to a closeup of the woman's body and the juggler's feet as he flips her into various positions, and then back to the long shot as she is juggled on her knees, feet, and stomach; somersaulted to a sitting position; and somersaulted to her back and spun. The trio then take a bow to the camera from the stage. Cont.: The film cuts to a longer shot of the stage with two platforms on either side and the woman standing by a smaller platform center stage and behind the others. With her "spotting" them, the two men position themselves on their backs on the two platforms with their legs facing each other, and take turns juggling and spinning a circus-type barrel and then tossing it to the other, all with their feet. After several times back and forth, the two men stand on the stage and gesture to the camera. The film then cuts to a closer shot of one man positioned on a platform in center stage. The second acrobat runs and jumps onto the reclining man's feet and is juggled and somersaulted. As the second man is spun in a sitting position, the film cuts to a closeup. The man also spins in a tucked position, and then back to a sitting one. With a final cut to the original long shot, the first man continues to juggle and flip the other. Closes with a bow to the camera from the trio.
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Kawana Trio, Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Zouary. Kawana Trio. United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp, 1919. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520998/. (Accessed December 16, 2017.)

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Kawana Trio, Commonwealth Pictures Corporation & Afi/Zouary. (1919) Kawana Trio. United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520998/.

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Kawana Trio, Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Zouary. Kawana Trio. United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp, 1919. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96520998/>.