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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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Jumping the Blanket
23 December 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Le saut à la couverture (1895)

This French film is also known as JUMPING THE BLANKET and that's pretty much what you see. The camera is stationed with a group of men holding a blanket. Another man then starts running and jumps over and on the blanket several time. Obviously you're watching an actuality movie so one shouldn't expect any sort of plot or anything like that. The main draw to this film is the fact that you're watching a form of entertainment that was obviously done back in the day so it's fascinating getting to see them play it. There's obviously nothing ground-breaking here but fans of the genre should enjoy this for what it is.


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