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Filming "the Other"

by Kate Fortmueller

As we discussed in CTCS 200, Thomas Edison and the Lumière Brothers both invested in filming and showcasing the "spectacle of otherness." Hadj Cheriff is an example of that trend. Cheriff was a knife thrower and acrobat. He is shown here performing in the Black Maria.

Hadj Cheriff (1894)

In this Edison short, Hadj Cheriff performs a number of flips in the Black Maria.

from Hadj Cheriff (1900)
Creator: William K.L. Dickson and William Heise
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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