ANNABELLE DANCES AND DANCES (SERPENTINE AND BUTTERFLY DANCES)

by AMERICAN MUTOSCOPE & BIOGRAPH CO. & EDISON MANUFACTURING CO.
1900 / 35mm / tinted b&w / sound / 1S / 5' 18




by W.K.L. Dickson, William Heise, James White, and others, for Edison Manufacturing Co. and American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.

Featuring Annabelle Whitford Moore and Crissie Sheridan [sic]

“One of the first film stars, Annabelle made her debut at the Columbian Exposition in 1893. She was a featured performer on Broadway when she was filmed by Dickson in 1894. Her Serpentine and Butterfly Dances were so popular that Dickson filmed her again for the American Mutoscope in 1896.” —Paul Spehr

“Annabelle’s skirt dances are among the earliest artistic works in film history. Looking directly at us, she turns, crouches, extends her arms, carves the space of the frame with the multi-hued drapes attached to wands in her hands. There are no edits, no camera movements, just a graceful kinetic invocation.” —Robert A. Haller

Courtesy:
Paper Print Collection, The Library of Congress, Anthology Film Archives, Film Preservation Associates, Institut Valencia de Cinematografia le Filmoteca
Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941

1 PRINT IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 24,70 €