Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance (1896)

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This is the lady whose graceful interpretations of the poetry of motion has made this dance so popular of recent years. - From 'The Phonoscope' (1899)


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17 May 2015 | Michael_Elliott
Censoring the Belly Dancer
Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance (1896)

The Edison Company would film anything to make some money so belly dancer Fatima was brought to their studio to re-enact her famous act. What we've got is a little over a minute of Fatima spinning around and dancing. There were several "dancing" movies made during this period but what makes this one so interesting is that it came under attack by several groups and it ended up being censored in many locations. You can view the film in its censored form where we see "bars" hiding the "naughty" bits. Obviously, in 1896 this here was something naughty or shocking but today you see more in a Disney movie. There's certainly nothing excellent to be seen here but fans of early films or those just interesting in the censorship issue will want to check it out.

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3 May 1896

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