Movie 4min

Attack on a China Mission (1900)

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Facts
Director James Williamson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Titles
(Original) Blue Jackets to the Rescue
(Alternative) Attack on a Chinese Mission
Production
Distribution
(UK, DVD, 2005) BFI Video
(USA, VHS, DVD) Kino Video
Categories
Action Black and White Boxer Rebellion Crime Military Missionary Short Silent Film
Description

The titles tell us this film is based on an incident in the Boxer Rebellion. A man tries to defend a woman and a large house against Chinese attackers. They attack with swords, guns, and paddles. He's over-matched. What will become of the mission, its defenders, and its occupants?

Almost half of the movie has survived, with content from all four scenes giving us the sense of the whole film. It was made in two versions. The first using a single camera position to show the attack on the missionaries outside their house, and then soon after scenes were added at the beginning to show the arrival of the Boxers and cut a reverse shot into the middle to show the rescue by the British navy forces.

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Cast
Florence Williamson - The Girl
Mr. Lepard - The Missionary
Mr. James - The Officer
Crew
James Williamson - Cinematography (Other)
James Williamson - Producer
James Williamson - Writer
James Williamson - Director
Reviews
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Great early movie

This short movie in four scenes is a great early narrative film of a mission that is attacked by the Boxers during their rebellion in China. The mission is then rescued by some military sailors. The movie, and many similar ones like it, was part of the ongoing Boxer movie theme that many filmmakers produced and some claimed were filmed in China although "fake". This film, in particular, seems to be very innovative for its time and has gotten a lot of well-deserved praise. The amount of actors seems also to be almost unprecedented at that time.