The Early Cinema: "Peeping"

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Turn of the century Americans flocked to amusement parks like Coney Island. There they could cast off their inhibitions in rides and games designed to throw people together, embarass them, or put them in semi-intimate situations. At Coney Island you could ride the "tunnel of love," or sit on a spinning platform that whirled men and women together, or watch as women crossed hiden air jets that blew their skirts up. This film, made by Edison in 1901, takes that Coney Island game to the streets