Detail

Title ID 8448Collection ID1196
TitleUpside Down; or, The Human Flies
Date[1899?]
CollectionEarly Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalFiction
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsPlay Interiors Entertainment Performing Arts
Location
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionPaul's Animatograph Works
DirectorWalter R. Booth
ProducerRobert W. Paul
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration00:01:18:20
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

A group become the subjects of a man's magic trick in this Robert Paul production of the late 1890s, featuring the animation techniques of Walter Booth.

Description

Three men and two women are gathered around a small table in parlor. One man lifts the table up to show there are not strings attached. He begins to make it levitate, waving his hands in the air. He disappears before the four men and women are suddenly turned upside down. They start leaping and dancing around on the ceiling.

Contextual information

Walter Booth produced trick films for Robert Paul from 1899 to 1906, when he moved to the Charles Urban Trading Company.

Related resources

Books

Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1896-1906. n.p. London: George Allen & Unwin

Date: 1948

Rossell, Deac. Living Pictures: The Origins of the Movies. n.p. Albany: State University of New York Press

Date: 1998

Barnouw, Erik. The Magician and the Cinema. n.p. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press

Date: 1981 Investigation of the influence of magic on early film.

Gifford, Denis. British Animated Films. n.p. Jefferson/London: McFarland

Date: 1987

Collections

The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.
http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/2015/02/26/the-barnes-brothers-collection/

Films

Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds films made by Robert Paul.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive, copies kept on file SASE 950000.

Websites

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Robert Paul

Biographical overview and further reading.
http://www.victorian-cinema.net/paul.htm

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Brit Acres

Biographical overview and further reading.
http://www.victorian-cinema.net/acres.htm

BFI Screenonline: Robert Paul

Biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/449512/

BFI Screenonline: Brit Acres

Biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/449777/index.html

BFI Screenonline: Walter Booth

Biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/837323/index.html