The Early Cinema: Voyeurism

 

The early films often skirted the margins of respectability, so much so that by 1910, middle class critics had become alarmed about their content. In this 1902 film "Karina" dances a sort of modified can-can

According to ads in the New York Clipper, Karina was a "French chanteuse eccentrique" and "creatrice of the 'Valse Deshabille.'" She performed specialty acts, songs, and dances, and was accepting engagements with "first class vaudeville or burlesque managers".