Film, Video A ballroom tragedy
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- A ballroom tragedy
- Opens on a set of a sitting room, apparently off a ballroom where dancers occasionally can be glimpsed through a curtained entrance stage right. Near the entrance, a young couple in formal attire talk--perhaps angrily--as another couple exit the dancing. The second man introduces his companion--a striking woman in a risqué white gown with a low-cut bodice and bare shoulders--to the other man and then reenters the dance hall. The young man apparently excues his female companion, who is plainer in comparison with the new arrival, and invites the woman in white to join him on a settee. The two talk closely and affectionately, as the spurned woman returns with a knife in her hand and hides in the curtain behind the sitting couple. When the two kiss, she reaches out and stabs her rival in the back. The injured woman jumps up in pain and then collapses on the floor, apparently dead. The murderess runs away as the young man rushes to hold the fallen woman.
- From Biograph bulletin no. 55: The scene shows the hall of a private residence with the dance progressing in the distant parlors. A young couple are seen quarrelling, and the young man discards his fiancee for another fair charmer. The rejected girl goes away in a rage, but returns just in time to witness a scene between her lover and her rival. Infuriated at the sight she draws a stiletto from her gown and stabs the unfortunate girl who has usurped her place. 52 feet. Class B.
- Contributor Names
- Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
- American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
- Created / Published
- United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905.
- Subject Headings
- - Crimes of passion--United States--Drama
- - Murder--United States--Drama
- - Women murderers--United States--Drama
- - Women--Crimes against--United States--Drama
- - Adultery--United States--Drama
- - Jealousy--United States--Drama
- - Stab wounds--United States--Drama
- - Ballrooms--United States--Drama
- - Ballroom dancing--United States--Drama
- - Silent films
- Crime films and programs
- - H62508 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 22June1905; H62508.
- - Original main title lacking.
- - Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
- - Duration: 0:50 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. 3041; code name (for telegraphic orders) Retinacle.
- - Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
- - NCN046279; A ballroom tragedy.
- - Filmed June 14, 1905, 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; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 219.
- - Received: 9/8/93 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
- - Received: 6/22/05; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
- 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
- 1 roll (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- FEC 2539 (ref print)
- LC 900a (paper pos)
- Library of Congress Control Number
- Online Format
- LCCN Permalink
- Library of Congress Online Catalog
- Additional Metadata Formats
- MARCXML Record
- MODS Record
- Dublin Core Record
ContributorsAmerican Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Bitzer, G. W.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Crime Films and Programs
Crimes of Passion
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. A Ballroom Tragedy. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521908/. (Accessed December 02, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1905) A Ballroom Tragedy. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521908/.
MLA citation style:
Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. A Ballroom Tragedy. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521908/>.