Premiering at the first public projection of motion pictures in Germany, Das Boxende Känguruh is one of the earliest examples of animal behaviour on screen.
A groundbreaking production, the captive marsupial is recorded boxing against Mr Delaware and, despite being intended for entertainment rather than as a scientific behaviour study, it revealed animal actions in a way that had never been seen before.
The contest, recorded by Max Skladanowsky against a white background at the Circus Busch, was a huge success and exposed the potential for future films concerning wildlife and natural history. —WildFilmHistory
Max Skladanowsky (April 30, 1863 – November 30, 1939) was a German inventor and early filmmaker. Along with his brother Emil, he invented the Bioscop, an early movie projector the Skladanowsky brothers used to display the first moving picture show to a paying audience on November 1, 1895, some two months before the public debut of the Lumière Brothers’ technically superior Cinématographe.
Born in Berlin of Polish ethnicity to a glazier, Skladanowsky was apprenticed as a photographer and glass painter, which led to an interest in magic lanterns. In 1879, he began to tour Germany and Central Europe with his father Carl and elder brother Emil, giving dissolving magic lantern shows. In the early 1890s he built a film camera along with Emil, and in 1895 the brothers produced the Bioskop. The Bioskop, which was inspired by magic-lantern technology, used two loops of 54mm film, one frame being projected alternately from each. This made it possible for the Bioskop to project at 16 frames… read more