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Congrès des nations en Chine (1901)

A magician presents a circular piece of paper from which he removes the flags of the allies. Then from each flag he produces a soldier from the respective country, and finally he produces a... See full summary »

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Georges Méliès
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A magician presents a circular piece of paper from which he removes the flags of the allies. Then from each flag he produces a soldier from the respective country, and finally he produces a Chinaman. But hardly have the allies seen the latter than they pounce on him and try to cut him into pieces. The funniest part of our story is that the Chinaman escapes in a balloon, with an expression of childish innocence on his face as the allies try to cut him up. Written by Bottomore, Stephen (2007), Filming, faking and propaganda: The origins of the war film, 1897-1902 (PDF) (thesis), Utrecht University, p. XIII.13, retrieved 10 March 2015

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Country:

France

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China Versus Allied Powers See more »

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Silent
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This film seems to come up occasionally on various websites for viewing. In actuality, an American Film "The Congress of Nations", directed by J. Stuart Blackton is often mislabeled as Congrès des nations en Chine. The plot is very similar, and many of the techniques are reminiscent of a Georges Méliès film. Also, Congrès des nations en Chine is a lost film, and no copies are known to exist. See more »

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beware of imitations
6 August 2017 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

The point has already been made in Trivia but there are at least two items on the ether purporting to be this lost film. Both are in fact the Edison film The Congress of Nations. While this may owe something to Méliès in its technique (Edison was copying Méliès wildly in film after film at this time), it is quite different in its message, being a piece of patriotic flag-waving. Méliès' film in fact shows sympathy for the Chinese, beleaguered and bullied by a shabby alliance of all the Great Powers (the US included).


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