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Carmencita (1894)

Performing on what looks like a small wooden stage, wearing a dress with a hoop skirt and white high-heeled pumps, Carmencita does a dance with kicks and twirls, a smile always on her face.

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Presumably, the first woman ever to appear in a Kinetoscope film and possibly the first woman to take part in a motion picture in the United States, the Spaniard dancer, Carmencita, performs her appealing high-kick dance in front of the camera of William K.L. Dickson and William Heise, for Thomas Edison. In this segment of her New York music-hall act, she spins and twirls, exhibiting an admirable talent, a fashionable dress, and a really charming smile. Written by Nick Riganas

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Documentary | Short

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

10 March 1894 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmencita - spanyol tánc See more »

Filming Locations:

West Orange, New Jersey, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Professional dancer, Carmencita was the first woman to step before a motion picture camera in the United States of America. See more »

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

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24 November 2016 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

In Carmencita, we get the story of a dance, and that's all. It's a great thing that the first woman who was ever photographed on celluloid was seen doing what she loves, doing it relatively well (I can't judge how the dancing was by 1894 standards, but she never appears to slip up), and is not being exploited for the sake of it. Here is a MOTION PICTURE, so here's motion and here's a picture of it. Simple. Awesome. I hope women seeing it today are empowered by it. Or if they want to scream "Patriarchy" and be mad that it's not showing a woman doing something that isn't meant to only appeal to men I understand. But it is splendid and exciting to see, especially in the not-quite 24 frame per second film speed it has been preserved at, and I think it's amazing to watch past the film history of it.

PS: on IMDb this is title url 0000001


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