7/19/16

THE KINETAPHONE: A THOMAS EDISON DANCE PARTY



In 1894 or 1895 inventor William K. L. DicksonOffsite Link, working for Thomas Edison, made The Dickson Experimental Sound FilmOffsite Link at Edison's Black MariaOffsite Link movie production studio in West OrangeOffsite Link, New Jersey. This was the first known film with live-recorded sound.  It also appears to be the first motion picture made for the Edison-Dickson KinetophoneOffsite Link, the first sound filmOffsite Link system. Why did it not go anywhere? Were people still just getting accustomed to movies in general and the addition of sound seemed to be a bit much? Or was it because of the above-posted movie itself, in which a n0t very good violinist plays a not very interesting riff while two strange men dance with each other? Was this considered normal back then? Or was Edison, always the innovator, predicting the coming of Monty Python?

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  1. Raymond catch film "Equity" stock fraud movie like your Madoff I guess
    I was told that I had a couple fine scenes (stock broker) in beginning and the end opens next week. Ciao

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