This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen for a long time. It’s a hand-tinted film from the early start of cinema (1895), produced by Thomas Edison. It shows Broadway dancer Annabelle Whitford doing the “serpentine dance”, which was a popular form of burlesque dance in the 1890s. The film was banned, because you see short glimpses of Annabelle’s undergarments(!). The illusion of her dress changing colours looks magical.
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