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Eugen Sandow

by Kate Fortmueller

Eugen Sandow was a famous Prussian bodybuilder. In 1894 he had a brief stint in a vaudeville show before he came to the Black Maria to shoot this film. Consider the composition in this film and the elements in the frame. How does the mise-en-scene work to draw attention to Sandow’s body? This body was considered a spectacle in 1894. Would a contemporary subject look different than Sandow?

Sandow (1893)

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This film (shot in the Black Maria) features Eugen Sandow, a well-known Prussian bodybuilder.

from Sandow (1900)
Creator: William K.L. Dickson
Distributor: Kino International
Posted by Kate Fortmueller