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 little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested in women's clubs and their work and she decided to entertain the Presidents of the ... See full summary »
The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
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
Among the various early "dance" movies from Edison
A popular theme in Edison's earliest Kinetoscope films was often dancing, which he apparently thought would be entertaining to audiences. This film is among these various dance routines the company filmed, this time featuring the Carmencita of the title doing her dance for the camera before curtsying. That is really all we see but the dance is interesting for a number of reasons. It caused censorship during its time, and while not understandable today the Victorian values of the time made it become undeniably scandalous. The dance isn't anything really interesting by itself, but apparently Carmencita made lots of money off of it, and was well known at the time. If it weren't for this movie she'd probably be forgotten today. That is another reason these early Edison pictures are interesting: they portray long-dead, long-forgotten performers. Without these 23 seconds we'd probably have forgotten all about Miss Carmencita now and nobody would be on IMDb bothering to review this. Then again, the page itself wouldn't even be there!
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