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Crissie Sheridan (1897)

Not Rated | Short | October 1897 (USA)
A serpentine dance being performed by the dancer whose name is the main title of the film.
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A serpentine dance being performed by the dancer whose name is the main title of the film.

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Serpentine Dance in National Colors  »

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Edison received a copyright on 25 October 1897 for this film. The copyright number was 60590. The film is 47 Feet long on 1 reel. It is 40 seconds long at 19 fps. See more »

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Serpentine dancing
13 June 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Cinema is a window to immortality. The greatest theatrical actors and performers of the nineteenth century, however special they may have been, are now entirely lost to us. Of their greatness, we must take the word of their contemporaries. In the 1890s, all that began to change. 'Crissie Sheridan (1897),' an Edison film directed by William K.L. Dickson, is a brief snippet of a serpentine dance performance by the titular dancer, and, great or not, her performance still exists a century later for her great-great-great-great grandchildren to enjoy. The dance routine was an imitation of the Gaiety Girls, a chorus line of "respectable, elegant young ladies" from England, who attained considerable success in musical theatre. Flourishing a magnificent costume in all directions, Sheridan is almost completely hidden behind the twisting, pulsating fabrics of her dress. Other dance-orientated curios you might like to track down include 'A Nymph of the Waves (1900)' and 'Neptune's Daughters (1900),' both directed by Frederick S. Armitage.


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