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7.

The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus"

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A documentary of the life a Khoikhoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality.
DVD
2008; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Displaying Dead and Different Bodies: Spectacle/Sideshow/Education?

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Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. (Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics and Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics, and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) discussed the ways in which humans think of and view "bodies." Dr. Wolpe illustrated with what he termed the "misshapen body" (such as the specimens on display at the Mütter Museum), the "reconstructed body" (such as cloned animals and the Body Worlds exhibitions of plastinated human bodies) and the "deconstructed body" (such as gender changing surgeries). Melanie A. McCollum, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Medical Education, Department of Cell Biology, and Course Director, Gross and Developmental Anatomy, University of Virginia) talked about the importance of bodies for learning and the [...]
DVDOnline
2007
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
9.

Pictorial Report Number 33

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "This is the story of men who are concerned with bringing a "big picture" to the public. In the first half, viewers are taken behind the scenes of the Army Exhibit Unit, an organization that mixes skill and showmanship to bring the heritage and accomplishments of the Army to the nation's front door. The second half deals with the biggest picture of them all: "The American Way of Life," and how this image of freedom and good will was established to the world at the Brussels' World Fair. The Army Exhibit Unit might be called "the Army's Strolling Players." Their stages are miniature, three-dimensional battlefields and missile displays so painstakingly recreated that one can almost hear the roar of rockets and taste the [...]
Online
1958
10.

Circular Panorama of Electric Tower

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The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows the total exposition and its buildings. The film contains a 360-degree pan.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: CIRCULAR PANORAMA OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER. A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition structure was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presented the most perfect and diversified views of the Transportation Building, Mexican Plaza, the Stadium and the north side of the Electric Tower.
FilmOnline
1901
11.

Esquimaux Game of Snap-the-Whip

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The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows a large tent of animal skins in front of which are two spectators watching two participants perform a game of skill using whips.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. The picture [shows] a number of Esquimaux picking nickels from cracks in a board with their dog whips, in which sport they are very expert. In the background will be seen one of their "Topeks," a sealskin tent in which they live during their short summer.
FilmOnline
1901
12.

Esquimaux Leap-Frog

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The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows buildings resembling igloos on ice floes, in front of which persons clothed as Eskimos play a game of leapfrog.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. This shows several Esquimaux at the game of "Misheetak," or leap frog, which differs somewhat from the civilized game, and is quite amusing, the photography of which is perfect.
FilmOnline
1901
13.

Esquimaux Village

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The first of three camera positions shows a low building resembling an igloo beside a small pool, and an ice floe. Dark-complexioned people dressed as Eskimos run up and down alongside the pool, and a dog pulls a sled. Next, some sled dogs are led in front of the camera. The last camera position shows the same dogs running into a tent made from animal skins.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. One of the principal features at the Pan-American Exposition is the Alaskan or Esquimaux Village. In this most interesting exhibit, scenes are enacted just as they take place in the far away frozen North. In this subject we depict a large number of Esquimaux clothed in their native costumes and seated on their sleds, which are drawn by spans of four Esquimau [...]
FilmOnline
1901
14.

Horse Parade at the Pan-American Exposition

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From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: HORSE PARADE AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. An excellent picture secured on the Esplanade of the Pan-American Exposition, showing the live stock exhibitor's exhibition of prize winners at the Pan-American. Here we show some of the most beautiful horses ever presented, the animals having been gathered from all sections of North America. The exhibition begins with Kentucky thoroughbreds, who prance by the camera and form a decided contrast with the great broad-chested Canadian draft horses. The horses pass our camera in parade form, being led or driven by their owners, and the entire parade is headed by a full band.; There is a paved street in the foreground and on the curbing on the opposite side spectators have gathered to watch a par [...]
FilmOnline
1901
15.

Japanese Village

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At the beginning of the film, at a distance of about one-hundred feet, is a two-story building with a balcony, some tropical plants, and a telephone pole. A young Japanese man appears directly in front of the camera. He is accompanied by two small Japanese boys attired in tight knee britches and rather loose sleeved blouses. The three of them exhibit their gymnastic powers by performing back handsprings, back flips, unusual handstands, etc. There are two spectators in Occidental clothing. Nothing shown in the film indicates Japanese surroundings.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE JAPANESE VILLAGE. One of the most fascinating exhibits on the Midway at the Pan-American Exposition is the Japanese Village. This space occupies about one and one-half acres of ground. It [...]
FilmOnline
1901
16.

The Mob Outside the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition

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The camera was positioned at such a height behind a large group of people outside an exhibit building that mainly hats are visible.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE MOB OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE OF MUSIC AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. On Friday, September 6th, 1901, we had our cameras in position to photograph the President as he left the Temple of Music, but the deplorable assassination, of course, prevented our getting this picture. We did, however, secure an excellent panoramic view of the mob surging in front of the Temple of Music attempting to get at the assassin. These pictures have created intense excitement and interest. Our cameras were the only ones at work at the Pan-American Exposition on the day of President McKinley's speech, Thursday, September 5th, and [...]
FilmOnline
1901
17.

Panorama of Esplanade by Night

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The first objects visible in this film, which was taken at night, are the glowing light globes that outline the buildings closest to the camera position. The camera slowly pans, encompassing the complete area of the exhibit buildings, and the outlines of all the buildings are clearly discernible. Edwin S. Porter maintained that this was the first motion picture taken at night by incandescent light in America.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ESPLANADE BY NIGHT. A most perfect picture of the Pan-American Exposition buildings, including the Electric Tower and Temple of Music, as they appear at night.
FilmOnline
1901
18.

Panoramic View of Electric Tower From a Balloon

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The title indicates that this film was taken from a balloon. However, there is no aerial photography. Instead it is an up and down or elevation of the camera on the then-famous Electric Tower built for the Exposition at Buffalo, New York.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER FROM A BALLOON. Here we have recorded a very novel scene, the camera having been placed in the basket of the captive balloon at the Pan-American Exposition. It was then slowly elevated to the top of the Tower, a distance of 465 feet, and slowly lowered until it reached the ground, keeping the Tower in view all the time during the ascent and descent, ending with a very interesting view of the base of the Tower, with crowds of people passing to and fro.
FilmOnline
1901
19.

President McKinley Reviewing the Troops at the Pan-American Exposition

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From a single camera position pointed directly at the reviewing stand, the film shows President McKinley and his entourage as they stand in the reviewing stand and take the salute of the passing American infantry troops.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PRESIDENT McKINLEY REVIEWING THE TROOPS AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. The President is seen on the reviewing stand at the Stadium, escorted by President Milburn, of the Pan-American Exposition, Secretary Cortelyou, and other noted persons. He removes his silk hat as the troops march by and politely bows to the great audience as they cheer and encore. President McKinley and party form the left foreground of our picture while the troops march by in the right foreground. From this excellent position we thus secured per [...]
FilmOnline
1901
20.

President McKinley's Speech at the Pan-American Exposition

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The film begins by showing the introductory speaker at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. The speaker introduces the incumbent president of the United States, William F. McKinley. The remainder of the film is a straight-on moving photograph of the president during his last public speech.; From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH AT THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION. In this picture we present a wonderful and life-like likeness of President McKinley. He first walks upon the platform, escorting Mrs. McKinley, whom he very reverently shows to a seat. The President is next introduced to the audience by President Milburn, of the Pan-American Exposition, and, amid hand-clapping, cheering, and waving of hats, he at once begins his memorable speech. He is close [...]
FilmOnline
1901