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A happy New Year from 'India'
Non-Fiction 1899 Silent
An Indian temple girl and handmaidens perform rituals outside a simple set of an Indian temple and display a banner reading ‘Happy New Year’. This unusual 17.5mm format film is wider than the usual silent film frame but with half the picture area of 35mm quality suffers. This was most likely one of the films provided with the Biokam, an early home-movie camera of 1899. Most of the films supplied with the camera were reductions made of Warwick Trading Company films, so it's possible this is a film they took at an event like the Greater Britain Exhibition in 1899.
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
How did these Chinese gentlemen end up in a Blackburn basement?
Non-Fiction 1896 0 mins Silent
A handful of passers-by watch waves breaking gently onto a shore
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent
A wounded soldier takes aim
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
Take a trip downriver side-by-side with a magnificent Victorian steamship, which dwarfs everything else on the water
1900 2 mins Silent
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Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A basic bit of early comic storytelling on film
Travelogue 1960 15 mins
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Romance 1960 31 mins
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Documentary 1912 75 mins
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Travelogue 1960 17 mins
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Sport 1960 29 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
Spoiler alert! The fox is always going to outsmart the hounds in this delightful, balletic cartoon that heads from the countryside into 1930s suburbia.