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The 19th Century Version of Swingball
JoeytheBrit from www.2020-movie-reviews.com
7 December 2009
Robert Paul is a largely forgotten name today, but he was a major
pioneer of British cinema, and was quick to grasp the commercial
potential of cinema in ways that better known pioneers such as William
Friese-Greene were not. He was more of a mechanic than a filmmaker
making, with Birt Acres, his own camera on which to shoot films in
1895, and also Britain's first projector, the Animatograph, with which
to screen them in 1896. Early in the 20th century he had a custom-made
studio built in Muswell Hill.
This film is set aboard a boat in which we see a naval officer playing
a game of tetherball (a bit like swingball) with civilian passengers,
and looks like it was filmed by a bored cameraman.
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