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Wednesday, 5 January 2022

A New Way of Travelling

In this hand-tinted 1908 Pathé Frères short by Segundo de Chomón, a trio of slapstick Chinese explorers (interpreted through very 1908 caricatures) figure out a new way to venture into the depths of the ocean. Once they dash themselves on the rocks of the seabed, the oddities of the submarine realm reveal themselves in a very Mélièsian cavalcade of cinema trickery.