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Athlete with Wand (1894)

Not Rated | | Short, Sport | February 1894 (USA)
A gymnast assumes a number of positions while holding a wand in both hands.
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A gymnast appears before the camera holding a wand, or short staff, with both hands. He flexes his legs and moves his arms, always holding the wand with both hands, and takes up numerous different positions. In the foreground, a dog is resting, and it occasionally takes note of the gymnast's activities. Written by Snow Leopard

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February 1894 (USA) See more »

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Спортсмен с палкой See more »

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This film was made as an experimental test run for the later filming of 'Eugene Sandow'. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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A Glimpse Into Early Cinema Development, With A Dash of Ironic Humor
6 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This brief footage provides a glimpse into a developmental stage of early cinema, in that it preserves what was understood to be a practice feature made by the Edison Company, in preparation for filming some popular acts in their 'Black Maria' studio. The material itself is largely bland, but it contains a dash of ironic humor, whether it was intentional or not.

The focus here is on a gymnast who does a brief, very simple routine using a wand or short staff, which he holds as he takes up various positions using his arms and legs. The point of the movie was not the gymnastic routine, which in itself is neither difficult or interesting. Rather, this footage allowed W.K.L Dickson and the other Edison film-makers to gain experience in the studio before filming the strongman Sandow (which they did shortly after making this) and other popular acts. Filming a moving performer helped them in judging how much movement the subject could make without leaving the camera field, and also with other such considerations that did not apply to still photography.

Besides its main purpose, it has one humorous detail, in the dog lounging in the corner of the foreground. It's quite possible that the dog was placed there solely as a practical measure, to see how well the camera captured movements at the edges of the camera field. But it's also rather amusing to watch the dog and to see its reaction to the activities of the gymnast and the camera crew. Whether intentional or not, it adds a touch of humor to a movie that already holds some historical interest.


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