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Troop Ships for the Philippines

by Kate Fortmueller

Edison films often focused on American subjects (as opposed to many of the international subjects shot by the Lumieres). This actuality, or non-fiction film that often represents current political and social affairs, depicts the S.S. Australia leaving San Francisco to take troops to fight in the Filipino-American War. Like many of the Edison films, the subjects are performing for the camera (or at the very least acknowledging its presence) and waving. In this film the camera is stationary as the boat glides across the frame from right to left.

Troop Ships for the Philippines (1898)

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Troop Ships for the Philippines is an actuality of the S.S. Australia leaving San Francisco toward the Philippines.

from Troop Ships for the Philippines (1900)
Creator: James White and Fred Blechynden
Distributor: Kino International
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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