Dancers were featured in the very first projected movie show put on by Thomas Edison. Young ladies twirled across the screen, their skirts hand-painted in cheerful shades. Since dance is such an important element in silent films, let’s take a look at assorted performances.
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Alice Brady and Alexis Kosloff take a few leaps in The Dancer’s Peril, a Russian-flavored ballet melodrama produced in Fort Lee, N.J. A dancer on the New York stage, Brady got a little boost from Kosloff.
Beautiful costuming and lighting elevate this scene from Tales of the Thousand and One Nights, a French-Russian Arabian Nights fantasy.
Dancing gets menacing in Waxworks as Conrad Veidt’s Ivan the Terrible takes over a wedding and decides to dictate the entertainment.
The very American Molly Picon causes chaos in the Old World when she and her father pay a visit to Poland. This is the earliest Yiddish language feature known to survive.
The ever-charming Reginald Denny is more than a little pleased at his own dancing skills in the utterly charming Oh Doctor, a hypochondria comedy that features Mary Astor as a no-nonsense nurse.
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