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Die Serpentintänzerin (1895)

A young woman dancer with large, flowing robes, swirls round herself quickly, making her light robe flow around her like a butterfly's wings.

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A young woman dancer with large, flowing robes, swirls round herself quickly, making her light robe flow around her like a butterfly's wings.

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11 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Max Skladanowsky is the German claimant to inventing motion pictures -- he was first in the game in Germany, at any rate. Although he did not put as long and sustained an effort as Edison in the US or Lumiere in France, he did one of the standard movies of the first decade of film: the serpentine dance, in which a woman in flowing robes with long sleeves whirls around. The IMDb lists ten films with approximately this title. It's not a bad idea, demonstrating movement and framing and admits of some interesting variations -- several efforts survive in tinted versions.

Because there are so many Serpentine Dance movies and because they are, in the end, much of a muchness, there isn't anything particularly noteworthy about this version.


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