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Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, Cal. (1897)

The title tells us where we are; the vignette is in two parts, spliced together. On a busy sidewalk, a police officer holds the left arm and a suited man holds the other of a Chinese ... See full summary »

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The title tells us where we are; the vignette is in two parts, spliced together. On a busy sidewalk, a police officer holds the left arm and a suited man holds the other of a Chinese wearing a loose white shirt and hat - marching the man up the slight incline past the camera. He protests a bit. Behind them trail a dozen people and about 10 more onlookers watch. Jump to shot two: from the side, we see an open paddy wagon, the arrested man sits with his back to us, the two who arrested him sit across. Two horses pull the wagon in a turn and it heads up the street, with two more men riding on the back running board: one is in uniform, the other waves his hat and smiles to the camera. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Edison
12 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA (1887)

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Edison short pretty much shows us what the title says in 24-seconds. We see a group of people standing around watching something and then a few seconds later we see the police pulling away with a Chinese man arrested. From what I read at The Library of Congress, not too much is known about this film so you could think that a cameraman just saw what was going on, filmed it and then Edison released it into theaters. The LOC suggest that perhaps this man was doing illegal immigration and perhaps that is what led to his arrest. Either way, there's nothing too ground breaking here but if you're a fan of early cinema then it remains interesting.


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