The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Performance Art, Social History  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming undertakes a labor of love in this enchanting profile of her great-grandfather, a 1920s vaudevillian magician who lived through cultural upheaval in China and experienced discrimination when he traveled overseas. Fleming uses archival footage, comic-book animation and Monty Pythonesque manipulated illustrations to tell the tale.

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acrobatics, archival-footage, black-magic, Chinese [nationality], comedian, comedy, Eurasian, grandfather, legacy, linguistics, magic, magician [performer], mixed-marriage, mysticism, vaudeville