Film, Video Ella Lola, a la Trilby /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1898
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Dancers
Modern Dance
Silent Films
United States
Ella Lola, a la Trilby /
Other Title
Ella Lola, a la Trilby [dance]
A young, dark-haired woman performs a dance inspired by George du Maurier's character Trilby, in an early modern dance style reminiscent of Isadora Duncan. She dances barefoot without stockings and is dressed in a long, flowing gown bound across the bosom in Grecian style, with inside fringe and a draped cape hooked to her wrist. She also wears what appears to be a garland headpiece. Holding her gown with one hand throughout, the dancer performs a series of kicks and turns with leg kicks front and back, rocking, and round de jambe.
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1898.
Subject Headings
-  Modern dance--United States
-  Dancers--United States
-  Silent films
-  59209 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 7Oct1898; 59209.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Dancer: Ella Lola.
-  Duration: 0:36 at 22 fps.
-  Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
-  Summary description provided by dance ethnologist Michelle Forner, 5/22/96.
-  From Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures: The author believes that this film was made in the Black Maria at a camera speed in excess of thirty frames per second. Ella Lola was a stage star of note before the turn of the century, and was given this opportunity to show her ability as a dancer.
-  From the New York clipper, 4/19/02, p. 167: Ella Lola was born Sept. 2, 1883, in Boston, and made her first appearance as a dancer at the age of eleven years, and by her clever work has steadily come to the fore, until now she takes rank among the best in her class. She has been featured at various times with road companies, and has met with success at the leading vaudeville houses through the country.
-  NCN046308; Ella Lola, a la Trilby.
-  Filmed in Edison's "Black Maria" studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
-  Sources used: Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Kendall, E. Where she danced, 1979, p. 30.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 11/29/94 from LC film lab; arch pos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 8/5/94 from LC film lab; arch neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1/9/95 from LC film lab; masterpos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 10/7/1898; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
1 roll (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FPE 7585 (arch pos)
FPE 7584 (arch neg)
FPE 7586 (masterpos)
LC 1364b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 1364
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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