Nice framing and cross-section of the public.
Bethléem, une place 1897
Camera grants a sense of unearned moral superiority to the audience, which is an uncomfortable place to be.
The Pickaninny Dance from the “Passing Show” 1894
My biggest takeaway from the dozens of early pre-1900 shorts I've watched is how closely cinema is intertwined with the so-called white gaze, as a means of documenting and fetishizing whatever "other" was at hand. I thought the process began with Griffith, but it's much older than that, apparently.
The Velvet Vampire 1971
I have a huge soft spot for horror films directed by women, especially when they make the counterintuitive choice to lean into the exploitation angle, as here. This one played like a soft-core porno inflected through the prism of late-60s counterculture, oozing with sumptuous visuals and erotic sensuality. I was a bit frustrated that the characters' choices weren't recognizable through any moral or logical framework, but I'm not sure that they need to be, since vampirism on its own is such a fertile ground for political commentary.