Film, Video A nymph of the waves

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Title
A nymph of the waves
Summary
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.
Contributor Names
Bartho, Cathrina, performer.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
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
Genre
Dance
Vaudeville
Trick films
Shorts
Notes
-  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.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  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].
-  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.
Medium
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/Physical Location
FEC 2527 (ref print)
LC 403b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96520492
Online Format
image
video
Description
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.
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American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. A Nymph of the Waves. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, ?, 1900] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520492/. (Accessed December 14, 2017.)

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American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1900) A Nymph of the Waves. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520492/.

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American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. A Nymph of the Waves. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, ?, 1900] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96520492/>.