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Title Upside Down; or the Human Flies
Date 1899
Document Type Film
Library/Archive BFI National Archive
Collection Victorian Compilation
Notes 35mm, black and white, silent, 75 feet.
Topics film, special effect, silent
Director W. R. Booth
Producer R. W. Paul
Production Company Paul's Animatograph Works
Duration 00:01:18
Genre comedy
Description At an evening soiree attended by two couples, a conjuror (Booth) demonstrates his powers by removing his top hat, placing it on a table and causing it to rise towards the ceiling. He then indicates that the couples should stand before making himself disappear. The couples leap in the air, and in an instant they appear upside-down, standing on the ceiling. There, they explore their new-found freedom by performing various acrobatic and tumbling manoeuvres.
Copyright BFI National Archive