Bombardment of the Taku Forts by the Allied Fleets (film #32 on Edison Film Archive). [Category: Early Film & TV]

Some ships pull up to a fort and begin shooting at each other. OK, folks, this looks for all the world to me like it was staged with model boats in front of a backdrop, but the page about it on the Edison Film Archive doesn’t confirm this, just calling it “an exciting naval battle”. So I leave it up to you the reader: Gripping Documentary Footage or Some Guys Playing with Toy Boats? You decide. A 1900 Edison film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***.

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