Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.
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 stationary camera records a smiling Annabelle dancing on a simple stage, a low barrier visible to her right. Her outstretched hands hold the edges of her wide skirt, which she moves in figures as she kicks and turns. On her back are wings, on her head a tiara of butterfly wings. The pattern on the front of her dress also suggests a butterfly. Written by
An Early, Interesting Feature in the Popular Series
This was one of the earliest of the many 1890s movies that featured Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performing her popular dance routines, and it is still interesting enough to be worth watching. The distinctive costume in this one sets it apart a bit from most of the other movies in the series.
The "Butterfly Dance" is really a routine very similar to her popular "Serpentine Dance", but for this butterfly routine, her costume has a large pair of wings attached at the back, which along with her flowing skirts are used to create an effect. As in all of her features, Annabelle dances with skill and energy.
It's no surprise that these features were so popular in their day. By present-day standards, they are much tamer, but they still have their artistic value.
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