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Acrobats exhibit their physical agility and masterly skills with assorted spinning and balancing feats.
Performance 1913 6 mins Silent
Five male acrobats of varying age and height (perhaps a father and his four sons), perform their remarkable feats against a trompe-l’oeil backdrop of what appears to be an enclosed arboretum. Athletic feats were one of the more popular features of early cinema, and many companies filmed acrobats. (Kosuke Fujiki)
Bryony Dixon, BFI curator of silent film adds: This is Les Fujimaki made by Pathé Frères in France and distributed in the UK by the Bohemian Film Agency.
Japan on Film
Documentary 1912 75 mins
Intense interest in Japan by the West made it a favourite destination for filmmakers from the earliest days of film. This selection of films from 1901 to 1913, newly restored by the BFI National Archive, takes us on a fascinating journey through Meiji Japan.
Interest film 1920 2 mins Silent
Upper-class Japanese ladies dress up for an open-air afternoon tea, to appreciate the shortlived cherry blossoms.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Travelogue 1911 7 mins Silent
A wild boat ride through the Hozu River’s white-water rapids, set against a beautifully coloured natural background.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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