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Sandow (1896)

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Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals. He begins with his arms folded against his ... See full summary »

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Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals. He begins with his arms folded against his chest, looking off screen left, then strikes a variety of poses that accentuate his muscular development. These positions include flexing his right arm with the fist to his head and face to shoulder; turning his back to the camera and flexing his upper arms and shoulder muscles; and, with his back still to the camera, stretching out and up with one arm at a time. Sandow then turns back to face the camera and performs a standing back flip. He closes in the same pose with which he opened From Biograph photo catalog: 24 feet. Still another picture of the great athlete displaying his muscles, and turning a somersault without touching hands to the floor. Written by Biograph Company

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According to vaudeville historian Joe Laurie Jr., Sandow was "the greatest of the strong men who received the most publicity." (Vaudeville, 1972. p. 33) See more »

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Strong-man Eugen at it again
12 October 2013 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Eugen Sandow was a bit of a very early movie star and here we see why. Or don't. I'm not sure. Obviously people were interested in his strength and so they sucked up his films even if he was basically doing nothing than posing and flexing his muscles. That's exactly what he does here. For twenty seconds. As always, he wears nothing but a slip and a mustache and impresses everybody with his toned body. Arnold Schwarzenegger of the 19th century, although the Austrian is probably the more gifted actor. A weird statement, I know. Anyway, I'm not wowed by this film at all, just like with most others by Sandow and can't really recommend it.


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