Captain Nissen Going Through Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls (film #7 on The Mechanized Eye disc of Unseen Cinema DVD Boxed Set (Image Entertainment, 2005)). [Category: Early Film & TV]

Captain Nissen goes through the rapids, not in a barrel, but in a craft specially created for the feat, and Edison’s camera follows the craft as it is buffeted and turned over by the water. This is fairly exciting, especially with the dramatic music on the DVD soundtrack. We don’t get to see how Captain Nissen came out of it, though. A 1901 Edison Film.

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

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