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Carmencita (1894)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 10 March 1894 (USA)
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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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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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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Very interesting!
25 January 2005 | by diddleysquatSee all my reviews

This short film was included several years ago in a documentary about Thomas Edison and his early movie-making experiments. It's timeless - an absolute classic!

The video itself is jumpy and splotchy, and primitive by even the earliest silent film standards. But by anyone's measure, the dancer is amazingly good, and this peek into the distant past is well worth watching, if the opportunity arises.

It would be nice if someone put together for commercial sale a collection of very early experimental film projects like this one. Few are likely to be as fascinating as this, but it's amazing to see how dramatically video technology has changed - and how relatively little change there has been in our entertainment preferences.


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