MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM

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THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM

Ann Marie Fleming
CAN/VR China, 2003
85min, eOF

THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM

Ann Marie Fleming
CAN/VR China, 2003
, 85min, eOF

Screenplay: 
Ann Marie Fleming
Camera: 
Ann Marie Fleming
Editor: 
Ann Marie Fleming
Ileana Pietrobruno
Composer: 
Patric Caird

Production: 
Sleepy Dog Films Suite 24-26, 1386 Nicola Street Vancouver, BC, V6G 2G2, Kanada T 604 734 6908 info@sleepydogfilms.com
World Sales: 
The National Film Board of Canada 3155 Côte-de-Liesse RoadSaint-Laurent, Quebec H4N 2N4, Kanada T 800 267 7710 quebeccentre@nfb.ca
Format: 
35 mm
Color

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam is a very personal documentary film about director Anne Marie Fleming's great-grandfather Long Tack Sam, a handsome Chinese vaudeville magician who toured the world in the beginning of the twentieth century and shattered the Hollywood image of the Chinese as buck-toothed, Fu Manchu objects of ridicule. Fleming, an intrepid documentarian, uses animation to bring her great-grandfather to life, interspersing archival footage and interviews with members of her family and the community of magicians. By doing so, she manages to construct a fascinating and poignant film, that at once celebrates the life of her great-grandfather and, at the same time, muses about issues of memory, history and family. As Fleming notes in her closing credits, «everything is relatives».