A History of Screenwriting – 11 in a series – Caicedo (with Pole) (1894)

I teach several classes for the Stephens College Low-Residency MFA in Screenwriting, including History of Screenwriting. In fact, I created the curriculum for that course from scratch and customized it to this particular MFA in that it covers ‘Screenwriting’ (not directors) and even more specifically, the class has a female-centric focus.  As part History of Screenwriting I, the first course in the four-class series, we focus on the early women screenwriters of the silent film era  who male historians have, for the most part, quietly forgotten in their books. In this series, I share with you some of the screenwriters and films that should be part of any screenwriters education. I believe that in order  to become a great screenwriter, you need to understand the deep history of screenwriting and the amazing people who created the career. — Dr. Rosanne Welch

Caicedo (with Pole) (1894)

Caicedo (with Pole)

According to Edison film historian C. Musser, Venezuelan rope and slack wire walker Juan Caicedo performed in the U.S. during 1894 and again at the end of the century. From May 14 to Sept. 8, 1894, he appeared at Koster & Bial’s Music Hall in New York City. 

From Raff & Gammon price list: The “King of the Wire” in his marvelous slack wire performance. $10.00.

Title in Raff & Gammon price list: Caicedo 

Caicedo. No. 1 

United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894]

Copyright: no reg. 

Performer: Juan A. Caicedo. 

Camera, William Heise. 

Filmed July 25, 1894, at the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, N.J. 

Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection. 

Aerialists–United States.
Vaudeville–United States.
Wire rope–United States.
Venezuelans–United States.

Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.
Heise, William, camera.
Caicedo, Juan A., performer.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 
Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) 

edmp.4021 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.4021

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