A rowboat with three men is leaving a little harbor. Two of them are rowing the boat, while the third is sitting in the stern. All of them wear hats. They are passing the outer end of a ... See full summary »
Mrs. Auguste Lumiere,
Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.
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.
Another Case of "What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
The first serious movie that Dickson turned out for Edison -- once the tests known as "Monkeyshines" nos. 1, 2 & 3 were done -- was THE BLACKSMITH SHOP. That was 1891. It would still be a few more years until the boys had a product they were ready to show in public and charge money for. That would be 1894. And when 1895 came around, there were the wiseacres, saying "Well, what have you got that's new?"
So they redid the movie from 1891, but to make sure that people weren't disappointed, they shot it from a different angle and tacked "New" to the title. And all the wiseacres announced that Tommy Edison was losing his edge, that he hadn't come up with anything new in years.
Just like they're still saying, only at the moment it's about Apple. That's as I write this. In truth, I think the only ones not coming up with anything new are the wiseacres.
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