Film, Video A nymph of the waves /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1900
Location New York
Niagara Falls
United States
Language English
Subjects Ballerinas
Ballet Dancing
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Silent Films
United States
A nymph of the waves /
Superimposition of a woman dancing over footage of crashing waves from the rapids of Niagara Falls. The woman wears a frilly, perhaps feather-trimmed, white dress with a low-cut bodice, a matching feathered hat, white stockings, and white ballet slippers. She holds up her skirt through the entire dance, revealing her ankles and lower legs as well as a flash of a garter above the knee on her left leg. Her movements appear to be a mixture of ballet and variety-style dancing such as a cancan, including spins and toesteps on pointe. She closes with a flourish of her skirt as she executes a curtsy on pointe with one foot.
From Biograph picture catalogue: 25 feet. This is a double-printing picture combining a view of Mlle. Cathrina Bartho in her celebrated "Speedway" dance, with one of the Whirlpool Rapids of Niagara Falls, the resulting effect being that the dancer appears to be gliding over the surface of the rushing waters.
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, [1900?].
Subject Headings
-  Dance--United States
-  Ballet dancing--United States
-  Dancers--United States
-  Ballerinas--United States
-  Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
-  Silent films
-  H30731 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 24Apr1903; H30731.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Performer: Cathrina Bartho.
-  Approximate release date of December 1900 from AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995.
-  Duration: 0:24 at 16 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.
-  Catalog no. 1716; code name (for telegraphic orders) Gallabimur.
-  NCN046337; A nymph of the waves.
-  Double-printing on Dec. 8, 1900, of film no. 1210, M'lle Cathrina Bartho (filmed Sept. 7, 1899 in the New York City studio), and no. 70, Upper rapids from bridge, Niagara Falls (filmed ca. Sept. 1896 at Niagara Falls, New York, by W.K.L. Dickson).
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 70; Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 71, 131; Biograph photo catalog, v. 1 and v. 3 [MI]; Biograph Co. prod. records [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 2/2/95 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 4/24/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2527 (ref print)
LC 403b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 0403
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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