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Movie Buffalo Dance download free! Book Title: Buffalo Dance
Directors: William K.L. Dickson
Genre: Documentary, Short
Release Date: 1894-09-24
Runtime: 1 min
Stars: Hair Coat,Parts His Hair,Last Horse
IMDb Rating: 5.4
Country: USA

Full movie description "Buffalo Dance":

Two drummers are seated near the back edge of a small wooden stage behind three warriors in full costumes. As the musicians play and chant, the three men dance, always moving their feet, in a counterclockwise circle. They often look at the camera, seeming to seek the spotlight. The each wear feathers in their headband and two wear decorative tails.

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In the year of 1972, former soldier and frontiersman "Buffalo" Bill Cody decided to enter show business by creating a traveling company dedicated to perform little plays based on his very own adventures while living in the wild west. 11 years later, in 1883, what started as a little company would become the "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show, an enormous spectacle conceived as a Western-themed circus where Buffalo Bill and company would perform many stunts or shows and bring the experience of the Wild West to the East. Soon Buffalo Bill's show became the most popular attraction of the 19th Century and so, in 1894, members of his show were invited to Thomas Alva Edison's "Black Maria" in order to participate in the making of Kinetoscope films about the show. The legendary "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show was now part of cinema history.

"Buffalo Dance" is one of several movies done by members of Buffalo Bill's show in those days. What makes this one stand out is that its one of the two (along "Sioux Ghost Dance") done about the Native Americans of the show, as the shooting of the two films (on September 24, 1894) represents the first time Native Americans appeared on film. As the title implies, this movie shows three Sioux Indians performing the "Buffalo Dance", while two others appear in the background playing the music with their drums. The Buffalo dance seems to be more ancient than the ritual Ghost Dance, and this movie captures it in a very good and detailed way, making it an invaluable source about Native Americans in that period (it also helps that the footage has survived in pretty good condition).

As it has been pointed out many times by critics and historians, it's pretty interesting how the dancers instinctively stare at the camera, truly surprised by it and probably wondering about the point of performing the dance in front of a device like that (film camera's wouldn't become common until 1895). Unlike "Sioux Ghost Dance", this movie captures the dance in a better way than the other movie, in part because the number of dancers is considerably minor, but also because director William K.L. Dickson (inventor of the Kinetoscope) makes a better use of his camera to capture the event. According to the noted on Edison's catalog, the dancers were known as Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse; those were the names of the very first Sioux in the history of cinema. 6/10

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