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Dancing and early cinema

by Kate Fortmueller

Dancing was a great way to show movement and was a common subject for Edison and Lumière films. Although both Edison and the Lumières shot films of people dancing, these films all look very different. This film features a homosocial environment (like many Lumière films) and is outside. While Edison's films often focused on a single dancer, this film is more chaotic - it is difficult to distinguish between the uniformed men and there isn't a clear "protagonist" or "star" in this sequence.

Danse aux bivouac (1896)

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A group of soldiers dancing in Spain.

from Danse aux bivouac (1900)
Creator: Unknown
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller