Newark Athlete

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Newark Athlete
Frames from Newark Athlete, 1891.gif
Directed by William Dickson
Produced by William Dickson
Distributed by Edison Studios
Release date
  • 1891 (1891)
Running time
12 seconds
Country United States
Language Silent
Newark Athlete

Newark Athlete is an 1891 American short film directed and produced by William K. L. Dickson. The film, roughly ten seconds in length, displays a young athlete swinging Indian clubs. It was filmed in May or June 1891, in Edison's Black Maria studio.[1] The film was made to be viewed using Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope.

In 2010, Newark Athlete was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It is currently the oldest film chosen to be in the Registry.


  1. ^ [1], Library of Congress.

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