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Princess Ali (1895)

Not Rated | | Short | 9 May 1895 (USA)
Princess Ali, of Barnum and Bailey's circus, performs an Egyptian dance in the Edison Company's studio. As she dances, some musicians perform in the background to provide accompaniment.

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William Heise

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Princess Ali
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Princess Ali Princess Ali
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In the background, three accompanists stand, one beating a tambourine, another playing a flute, and the third (only partially visible) clapping. In the foreground, Princess Ali, dressed in North African clothes and waving a scarf in each hand, dances; after a slow turn, she lays the scarves on her shoulders, faces the camera, and undulates. Then, rhythmically, she turns again. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 May 1895 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egyptian Dance See more »

Filming Locations:

Orange, New Jersey, USA

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Silent
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Princess Ali was featured in Barnum and Bailey's Circus. See more »

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

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As a Part of History...It's Fascinating
17 May 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Princess Ali (1895)

This 26-second film from Edison has a member of the Barnum and Bailey Circus performing an Egyptian dance. Edison was clearly a brilliant studio as they go to popular events and film the action only to then sell it to the public. They also got wise to have these talents come to their studio in order to be filmed and sold to the public. Apparently on this date, this film is the only bit that survives from the B&B Circus' visit to the studio. At such a short running time it's impossible to really judge the film but it's always fascinating to see these movies and wonder what the performer would think about someone watching this 120 years after it was made.


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