Film, Video Karina /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1902
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Burlesque (Theater)
Silent Films
United States
Women Entertainers
Karina /
Other Title
Karina, specialty dancer
On a bare stage with a black background stands a woman with short, curly hair, wearing a dark dress with a sleeveless top, low-cut bodice, mid-calf length skirt, and layers of petticoats. Smiling at the camera, she seductively raises her skirt to reveal the multiple white petticoats, as well as her lacy, white bloomers to the knees, white tights, and a garter on her right thigh. Peering over her lifted skirt, Karina slowly turns around and then lowers to her knees and leans back, circling with her upper body and arms. Still holding up the skirt, she returns to standing. With her back to the viewer, she bend backwards at the waist so that she looks at the camera, and dramatically covers her face with one arm. Karina then stands back up and turns to the camera. Lifting her skirt, she performs a "dance" consisting of circles, leg lifts, and twirls.
From K.R. Niver, Early motion pictures: A woman dressed as a can-can dancer stands in the center of the stage and, for the full extent of the film, she raises the hem of her dress as she twirls around.
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1902.
Subject Headings
-  Burlesque (Theater)--United States
-  Dance--United States
-  Women entertainers--United States
-  Silent films
-  H22556 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 14Oct1902; H22556.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Performer: Karina.
-  Duration: 0:23 at 18 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.
-  According to ads in the New York clipper, Karina was a "French chanteuse eccentrique" and "creatrice of the 'Valse Deshabille.'" She performed specialty acts, songs, and dances, and was accepting engagements with "first class vaudeville or burlesque managers" (6/8/01, p. 332; 12/12/03, p. 1006). In his history of The American burlesque show, I. Zeidman refers to a featured dancer named Karina who performed with Sam T. Jack's Tenderloin Company (a burlesque troupe) (1967, p. 41).
-  Catalog no. 541; code name (for telegraphic orders) Trastrigo.
-  NCN046325; Karina.
-  Filmed in the Biograph New York City studio.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 11/29/94; arch pos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 8/9/94; arch neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1/10/95; masterpos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 10/14/02; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos.
1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg.
1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
1 roll (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FPE 7657 (arch pos)
FPE 7656 (arch neg)
FPE 7658 (masterpos)
LC 434b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 0434
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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