Title on donor inventory: Dickson violin
Variant title: Dancing men in the Black Maria
Experimental sound film made for Edison's kinetophone -- a combination of the kinetoscope and phonograph -- but apparently never distributed. This LC copy is silent. Features two men dancing to a violinist.
Shows W. K. L. Dickson playing the violin before a large phonograph horn connected with an off-screen reader while two men dance together. Part of Dickson's sound-synchronization experiments.
Copyright: no reg.
Performer: W.K.L. Dickson or Charles D'Almaine.
Camera, William Heise.
Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps.
LC also holds a copy of the synchronized sound version in the videodisc collection, More treasures from American film archives, 1894-1931.
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Filmed ca. September 1894 to April 2, 1895, in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, N.J.
This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 178.
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