18 May 2015 | Michael_Elliott
The Strong Man
This 38-second Edison short was filmed in the now historic West Orange, NJ and features strong man Eugen Sandow doing the opening to his performance where he shows off his muscles. Apparently this here was the first "performer" to go to the Edison studios and be filmed for a movie and it's clear that the strong man was extremely popular since the studio only had to put his last name as the title. There's certainly nothing here that would make current film fans take notice but for film buffs the simple historic nature of the movie makes it worth watching. Again, we simply see Sandow flexing for a few dozen seconds but it's the history behind it that makes it so fascinating to watch today.