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Jumping the Blanket (1895)

Le saut à la couverture (original title)
Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the ... See full summary »

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Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the back corner on our left stands a uniformed man who seems in charge. A sixth man stands back from the blanket about six paces; he runs forward and takes a leap but stops at the edge of the blanket and is upbraided by the uniformed gent. The same thing happens a second time, but the next three times, he completes a flip, landing on his back in the middle of the blanket, and the four then boost him out toward the camera. The final time seems like it will be his last for awhile. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jump onto the blanket!
1 March 2009 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

In this 41 seconds long film we see four men stand holding a couverture(blanket in french) while a fifth man wearing a hat stands watching. A sixth man is seeing running toward them trying to jump onto it. He is trying this unsuccessfully twice in a row failing to jump high enough onto the blanket. On the third attempt he is able to jump and spin in the air, nearly clearing in the blanket. His fourth attempt is a successful one and he rolls on the blanket and land on his feet at the other side of the blanket. Then he runs for a final attempt but he gets stuck in the blanket even the four men attempts to help him. This is quite amusing but nothing else happens because this film like any other Lumiere Films is a very old film and should be viewed from a historical perspective!


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