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River Scenery China
Beautiful panoramas of a busy Chinese wharf evoke the river life of yore.
Travelogue 1921 1 mins Silent
These beautiful panoramas of a busy wharf (somewhere) in China evoke the river life of yore: sampans sail serenely by, rowing boats laden with passengers and cargo jostle for a mooring on the stone pier, and stevedores lump heavy cargo on their backs to shore. Some curious cargo too – look out for the gentleman wearing a pith helmet apparently carrying a gramophone horn.
We’ve almost no background information on the making of this film. But its style and subject are similar to Riverside Scenes in China (c.1922) – long takes, wide-angle shots, a fixed tripod, ‘in camera’ editing, and a nautical theme. Could we hazard a guess that the two are related? Perhaps they are fragments of production footage for an unrealised project?
Somewhere in China
Travelogue 1930 1 mins Silent Location: Chongqing
Life among the limpet-like buildings clinging to the steep banks of the Yangtze in southwest China.
Amateur film 1935 42 mins Silent
Mongolian men show off their prowess in wrestling, archery and horse racing, known as the “three manly games”.
Travelogue 1908 7 mins
Intimate vignettes of crafters, beggars and labourers in the workshops, on the streets and eating in the outdoor kitchens of imperial China.
Documentary 1948 37 mins Silent
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Rice Cultivation in the Si-kiang Delta, South China Rice Cultivation in the Si-kiang Delta, South China
Documentary 1937 2 mins Silent
An exceptionally detailed look at the process of rice cultivation, from planting to harvesting to pounding, in the Xi Jiang Delta, Guangdong Province.
Travelogue 1925 2 mins Silent Location: Hangzhou
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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
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