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.
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.
In a fenced back yard with the neighboring house visible in the distance, a stationary camera films Juan Caicedo in profile on a rope. Holding one pole while another bounces, Juan does several back flips and a few steps walking. He lands each flip straddling the rope then springs onto his feet for the next trick. Written by
This movie short can go down in history as the first ever Edison production to be filmed outdoors. It picked an interesting and nice subject of having a rope and slack wire walker doing a couple of tricks outdoors.
The rope and slack wire walker is Juan A. Caicedo. A Venezuelan who performed a couple of times in the United States, also in 1894, when this film got shot. He really shows that he was not just any ordinary rope and slack wire walker and he does lots of jumping and bouncing within this movie, without of course falling off, or every loosing his balance. He is not on an incredible height but the things he does do look pretty dangerous nonetheless. I for one certainly wouldn't want to attempt trying all that he does within this movie short. No wonder he got called the 'king of the wire'.
It seems pretty amazing to me that he actually managed to stay within the camera it's field. A real achieved once you see what kind of tricks he does. Sort of makes you wonder how many takes it took them to finally get the right and wanted result. You can also conclude from this that this movie was well staged and set up by its director, whoever that was. Most likely it was just William Heise, the camera operator who also performed the directing duties that this movie short required.
A nice to watch kinetographic experiment.
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