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Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns.
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Two dancers perform in succession facing a stationary camera. The first is in a diaphanous skirt, held out by her hands with arms extended. She smiles, wearing butterfly wings on her back and the wings of Mercury in her hair. Her dance emphasizes the movement of her visible, bare legs. She kicks high, bows, and moves to her right and left. The second dancer has a voluminous, long skirt, and holds sticks in each hand attached to the skirt's outer edges, so that the emphasis is on the swirling patterns the skirt makes, often obscuring her unsmiling face. Her feet move little on the unadorned stage; changes in the color of the lens filter accent the swirling patterns. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Annabelle No. 2  »

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One of the first color films, albeit hand-tinted. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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Quite a Display of Talent, With a Nearly Hypnotic Effect
17 March 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This very early feature contains quite a bit of talent on display, both on the part of the dancer Annabelle and on the part of the Edison filming and production crew. The 'serpentine' dancing creates quite an attractive scene, and the motion is almost hypnotic in its effect. To top it off, there is the hand coloring of portions of the print, one of the earliest such efforts.

The photography catches the action of the dances very well, and it is especially commendable for such an early effort. The camera field catches everything, and uses the space most efficiently. The color still looks good, and it might have looked even more impressive in its original condition.

The dance itself is well worth seeing. The skillful movement of the dancer's dress allows the viewer to sense a rhythm even without the original musical accompaniment. It creates a pleasing effect that has held up well.


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