The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »
A stationary camera looks across Burgundy's River Sâone toward a small military encampment. Four horsemen enter the water in the foreground, each riding his horse as it swims across toward ... See full summary »
The camera shows a water ride at Bergen Beach at Coney Island. A raised track filled with water forms a chute, and a small boat full of park visitors slides down the chute. Alongside, empty boats are hauled back to the top of the ride.
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Worth Seeing, & Differs Somewhat From the Edison Version
This 1896 version of "Annabelle Serpentine Dance" is the remake that W.K.L. Dickson modeled after the Edison feature, after Dickson had moved to the new American Mutoscope studio. The 1895 Edison version is the better of the two, but like most of the numerous movies of Annabelle (Whitford) Moore's dance routines, this one is worth seeing, and there are a few small differences between it and the Edison movie.
The basic routine is pretty much the same as in the original, but in this one Annabelle twirls around more frequently, rather than mainly maneuvering her long skirts. From the floor pattern, you can also tell that this one was not produced in Edison's 'Black Maria' studio.
The most significant difference, though, is that the Edison version had very nicely done hand-tinted color, and added to Annabelle's dancing, it produced a pleasing and almost hypnotic effect. This one is filmed completely in black-and-white. So it's not quite as eye- catching as the earlier version, but it's still worth a look.
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