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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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The film is preserved in the Library of Congress' Hendricks (Gordon) Collection. It is 21 seconds long at 30 fps on 1 reel. See more »

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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

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Among the various early "dance" movies from Edison
10 November 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

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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