This magnificent piece of film entitled “The Serpentine Dance” was made back in 1899 by filmmaking pioneers the August and Louis Lumière. Amazingly, each frame was hand colored—the transitions are so fluid and beautiful, I can’t help but imagine the awe and wonder those watching it must have felt. I feel it, over a hundred years later.
Looking at this precious artifact from long ago, I’m reminded how little of our early film heritage still exists. Something like 90% of all films ever made are lost forever. Forunately, some intrepid artists are doing something about it.