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Men Boxing (1891)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short, Action | June 1891 (USA)
Two men wearing boxing gloves prepare to spar in the Edison Company studio.
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Two men wearing boxing gloves stand in a simulated boxing ring in the Thomas Edison Company studio. The man on the left takes up a boxing stance and moves his fists as if looking for an opportunity to land a blow. But the man on the right leans back, away from his opponent, keeping his arms back or to his side, and smiling at the other boxer's efforts. Written by Snow Leopard

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USA

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English

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June 1891 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Férfiak bokszolnak See more »

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Silent
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This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room. See more »

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

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An Experiment With a Touch of Humor
13 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This experimental Edison Company movie also contains a touch of good humor. It is one of a number of surviving examples of the camera tests that followed the well-known "Dickson Greeting" film, designed to see, among other things, how well the new motion picture camera could capture movements of various kinds. It accomplishes this, and it adds a brief suggestion of wit at the same time.

The footage shows two men in a boxing ring, but they actually do little serious boxing. The purpose was not entertainment, but rather to test the camera, by taking footage of different movements and then also playing it at different speeds in the completed film. The simulated boxing ring in the Edison studio, the contrast between dark and light areas in the camera field, and the different behavior of the boxers, are all part of the camera test.

Nevertheless, the early Edison film crews seemed to have had a sense of humor, and the contrast between the serious-looking boxer on the left and the very non-serious cutup on the right makes it more interesting to look at than a mere technical shot would have been.


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