Serpentine Dance by Lina Esbrard

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 1, 2015

Isn’t it a bit late in the day for another serpentine dance? The first couple of years of projected film, and even with the Kinetoscope before that, saw an abundance of them. Lacking the footnotes about which we’ve already spoken, or short of the scholars (i.e. Richard Abel, UC Press, 1994), it’s hard to know the roots or reasons for this kind of thing. Had the fashioned continued, and the films that fill it in have been lost? Is this consciously a knock-off, or copycat? Or maybe it’s a completely commercial production, with the not inappropriate ambition of making money by giving people what they want.