Although we can't be sure who filmed the 1905 Gaumont hand-colored movies La malagueña y el torero y Le Tango, we have identified one of the performers. La Bella Romero (real name, Elsa Romero) was born in Malaga in the late nineteenth century. By early 1902 she was dancing tangos and sevillanas in Madrid (El Globo (EG) 1902, Madrid, 3 January, 3). In 1903 she debuted at the Teatro Novedades in Barcelona, where she was a great success. Her fame continued to grow. She even performed with La Fornarina and appeared in films.
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Alice Guy traveled around Spain for six weeks, from October 15th to the end of November of 1905, filming in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Córdoba and Seville. Guy's mission was to film a series of chronophone films in Spanish and pave the way for Gaumont film distribution in Spain. Guy has also been tentatively credited with filming La Malagueña y el torero (1905) and Le Tango (1905) while on this journey. Francisco Griñán has investigated her journey in a way never done before.
The OpenCulture Blog has posted a list of where you can find 65 free Charlie Chaplin films on the web. I post the beginning of the blog and link to it below; and I post Chaplin's A Burlesque On Carmen (1915) here for your viewing pleasure. Stay turned for more early cinema on Carmen in future posts.
Pictured: Gallerie des machins, Expo Universelle 1889 Paris
The blog, "Five Minute History" recently published a lovely survey of the Belle Époque. The Blog includes pictures of buildings from Paris to Mexico (including the Biltmore in Asheville, NC) that represent the cultural achievements of the era.
Most wonderful for me is the film from paintings of Paris in the era.
My academic article, “Sound Rewrites Silents” was originally published in the journal Kintop, Winter 1999. The German title is "Stummfilmgeschichte im Licht der Tonbilder," Kintop 8, 1999, p. 141-158.
The same material, in English, was included in my book, Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema, Bloomsbury, 2002. (In Spanish by Plots Ediciones, Spain, 2009).