- Opening of the Kiel Canal
Opening of the Kiel Canal Directed by Birt Acres Produced by Birt Acres
Robert W. Paul
Cinematography Birt Acres Release date(s) 1895 Running time 18 seconds Country United Kingdom Language Silent
Opening of the Kiel Canal (also known as Inauguration of the Kiel Canal by Kaiser Wilhelm II) is an 1895 British short black-and-white silent documentary news film directed and produced by Birt Acres. It was filmed between June 1895 and July 1895 and as the title suggests documents the opening of the Kiel Canal in Germany by Kaiser Wilhelm II on 20 June 1895.
Unlike most of the films made by Birt Acres on this occasion, the video of this film survives and the original negative is held by the Science Museum (London). 
The film opens with a shot of the North Sea Canal with a winged statue on the far side. Three men row towards the shore in a small rowing boat while a small boy waits on the quayside and then turns to face the camera. 
- Empress Augusta Victoria as Herself, Empress of Germany
- Kaiser Wilhelm II as Himself, Emperor of Germany
- ^ "The Opening of the Kiel Canal" (HTML). Screenonline. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/724563/index.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
- ^ "Opening of the Kiel Canal" (HTML). BFI Film&TV Database. http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/500866?view=synopsis. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
- 1895 films
- British films
- British documentary films
- British short films
- British silent films
- 1890s documentary films
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