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Opening of the Kiel Canal
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
Non-Fiction 1895 Silent
The original negative of Opening of the Kiel Canal is held by the Science Museum.
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