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Documentary | Short





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September 1920 (USA) See more »

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Embroidering the Tale
15 November 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Although the IMDb lists this as dating from 1920, the Prelinger Archives, which holds a copy, lists this as the earliest known film shot in the Phillipines and dates it from 1905; possibly it was re-edited in 1920.

In any case, this is a very sophisticated puff piece for Phillipine embroidering industry, showing men designing the patterns and hordes of women embroidering the cloth. This might have been a very boring ten minutes, but it is beautifully composed, shot and edited, with long, slow, graceful pan shots of groups of women at work and well-timed shots of embroidered cloth. Although nowhere as beautiful as Belgian lace in Leonce Perret's LA DENTELLIERE (1913), the shorter takes make this a far more interesting film.

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