Beheading the Chinese Prisoner

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Beheading the Chinese Prisoner, also known as Beheading a Chinese Prisoner, was a 1900 silent film produced by Siegmund Lubin. The 42-second-long film, which was inspired by news reports of the Boxer Rebellion, was produced on the roof of the Lubin Studios building in Philadelphia.[1][2]

It is considered an early example of "yellowface", and is featured in Arthur Dong's 2007 documentary film Hollywood Chinese.[3][4]

Description of the film[edit]


A print of Beheading is kept in the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.[5]


  1. ^ Eckhardt, Joseph P. (1997). The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 34. ISBN 0-8386-3728-0. 
  2. ^ Fullerton, John (1998). Celebrating 1895: The Centenary of Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 280. ISBN 1-86462-015-3. 
  3. ^ Diversity of Talent and Spirit, from the New York Times, by Nathan Lee; published May 2, 2008; retrieved August 18, 2011
  4. ^ The History Of 'Hollywood Chinese' Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine., from AsianWeek, by Philip W. Chung; published April 11, 2008; retrieved August 18, 2011
  5. ^ "Film Stills Title List". George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (via Archived from the original on March 15, 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-18.