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Japanese acrobats

Film from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress.


An Oriental man and boy walk on a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden or park, give a slight bow to the camera as if it were an audience member, and remove their silk jackets. Both wear dark tights and leotards with light-colored slippers; the man also wears grey trunks, and the boy sports a white cloth around his middle. Lying on his back on a fitted mat, the man juggles and spins the boy with his feet. The boy's acrobatic movements include spinning in a tucked ball-like position, flipping lengthwise in a prone position, flipping from a standing position to a shoulder-stand, somersaulting from a standing to a sitting position, repeated flips involving both the hands and feet of the man, and other series of somersaults and turns. After finishing the act, the acrobats take a slight bow and run off the stage, then return for another bow before finally exiting.

Filmed in Edison's New York City studio.

See also the entry for this film on the Library of Congress American Memory website

Edison Manufacturing Co.
Petsa ng paglalathala:
29 April 1904


Edwin S. Porter (camera)
Orihinal na ayos:
Library of Congress
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