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Attack on a China Mission (1900)

The titles tell us this film is based on an incident in the Boxer Rebellion. A man tries to defend a woman and a large house against Chinese attackers. They attack with swords, guns, and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Mr. James Mr. James ... The Officer
Mr. Lepard Mr. Lepard ... The Missionary
Florence Williamson Florence Williamson ... The Girl
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The titles tell us this film is based on an incident in the Boxer Rebellion. A man tries to defend a woman and a large house against Chinese attackers. They attack with swords, guns, and paddles. He's over-matched. What will become of the mission, its defenders, and its occupants? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

28 November 1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ataque a uma Missão na China See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Film historian John Barnes claims Attack on a China Mission had "the most fully developed narrative" of any English film up to that time. See more »

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Featured in Silent Britain (2006) See more »

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Interesting for what it is but there are more important and impressive films out there from the very same period
27 February 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched this film on a DVD that was rammed with short films from the period. I didn't watch all of them as the main problem with these type of things that their value is more in their historical novelty value rather than entertainment. So to watch them you do need to be put in the correct context so that you can keep this in mind and not watch it with modern eyes. With the Primitives & Pioneers DVD collection though you get nothing to help you out, literally the films are played one after the other (the main menu option is "play all") for several hours. With this it is hard to understand their relevance and as an educational tool it falls down as it leaves the viewer to fend for themselves, which I'm sure is fine for some viewers but certainly not the majority. What it means is that the DVD saves you searching the web for the films individually by putting them all in one place – but that's about it.

This film recreates a scene for the audience and I for one am willing to forgive it for clearly not being made anywhere other than England and certainly not China! That aside then I was looking for something that would be considered "epic" for 1900 but sadly this is not it. The pyrotechnics are something I supposed (well, smoke and powder) but it is all too stagy and stiff with nothing in the way of flow coming out in the edit. OK it was 1900 but I have seen films of the period do better than this with less.

Interesting for what it is but there are more important and impressive films out there from the very same period.


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