Best Picture 1896

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1.
A Nightmare (1896 Short Film)
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A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel... (1 mins.)
 
2.
The House of the Devil (1896 Short Film)
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (3 mins.)
 
3.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
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A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
4.
The Kiss (1896 Short Film)
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Two people kiss. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
5.
Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau (1896 Documentary)
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The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France). (1 mins.)
 
6.
Coronation of the Emperor Nicholas the Second (1896 Documentary)
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The coronation of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II in Moscow. (2 mins.)
Director: Camille Cerf
 
7.
Panorama de l'arrivée en gare de Perrache pris du train (1896 Documentary)
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A short black and white film which captures the arrival of a train at the Perrache station. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
8.
The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896 Short Film)
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As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air. (1 mins.)
 
9.
Démolition d'un mur (1896 Documentary)
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Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
10.
New York: Broadway at Union Square (1896 Documentary)
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A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village... (1 mins.)
 
11.
Feeding the Doves (1896 Documentary)
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A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
12.
The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896 Documentary)
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Two men play cards, as a third watches and a waiter brings drinks. The third man pours drinks as the waiter laughs. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
13.
Card Party (1896 Short Film)
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In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)". (1 mins.)
 
14.
Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance (1896 Short Film)
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This is the lady whose graceful interpretations of the poetry of motion has made this dance so popular of recent years. - From 'The Phonoscope' (1899) (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
Stars: Fatima
 
15.
Pompiers à Lyon (1896 Documentary)
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In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera... (1 mins.)
 
16.
Lion, London Zoological Garden (1896 Documentary)
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A male lion, right next to bars that are about 6 or 8 inches apart, keenly watches a uniformed zoo attendant toss small morsels of food into the cage... (1 mins.)
 
17.
Childish Quarrel (1896 Documentary)
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"Two babies are shown seated in high chairs and apparently enjoying themselves. Suddenly one snatches a toy from the other, and they indulge in hair-pulling." (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
18.
Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke (1896 Documentary)
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Carmaux is in south-central France, near the Tarn River. As a brick of coke, about four feet high and three feet wide... (1 mins.)
 
19.
Lancement d'un navire (1896 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
20.
Children Digging for Clams (1896 Documentary)
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One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy... (1 mins.)
 
21.
Danseuses des rues (1896 Short Film)
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Three young women dance in Drury Lane, London. (1 mins.)
 
22.
Nègres dansant dans la rue (1896 Short Film)
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Five black and white minstrels dancing and playing musical instruments in Rupert Street, London. (1 mins.)
 
23.
A Morning Bath (1896 Documentary)
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"Mammy is washing her little pickaninny. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub full of foaming suds." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
24.
Arroseur et arrosé (1896 Short Film)
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A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose... (1 mins.)
 
25.
Bataille de femmes (1896 Short Film)
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The first brunette is outdoors, sweeping the street or a patio in front of a white wall, well lighted... (1 mins.)
 
26.
Londres, Entrée du cinématographe (1896 Documentary)
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The facade and the traffic in front of the Cinematographe in London, close to the large ensign of the historical Empire Theatre, in London. (1 mins.)
 
27.
A Terrible Night (1896 Short Film)
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A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion. (1 mins.)
 
28.
Children Playing Marbles (1896 Documentary)
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Several young boys are playing marbles on the streets, while several girls of about the same age watch their game. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
29.
The Burning Stable (1896 Short Film)
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"A burning wagon is dragged from the barn by the firemen, and four horses are rescued from the flames by the stablemen. Thick volumes of smoke pour from the doors and windows." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
30.
Poultry-Yard (1896 Documentary)
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Two girls do one of their chores. Standing alongside a tree-lined farmhouse, two children who are about... (1 mins.)
 
31.
Danse serpentine (1897 Short Film)
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Angelic and demonic serpentine dances from dawn of cinema by the Lumière Brothers film, called the Serpentine Dance. The dancer is Loie Fuller; the pioneer modern dancer. Recorded in 1896 in Paris, and hand-colored frame by frame. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
32.
Sandow (1896 Short Film)
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Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals... (1 mins.)
 
33.
Amy Muller (1896 Documentary)
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Vaudeville dancer Amy Muller performs a portion of her stage routine, which features dancing on her toes. She dances on one toe for part of the performance. Later, she also twirls and does cartwheels. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
Stars: Amy Muller
 
34.
Lone Fisherman (1896 Short Film)
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"Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
35.
Quai de l'Archevêché (1896 Documentary)
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The floods of the Saône river during the first week of November, 1896. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
36.
Hyde Park Bicycling Scene (1896 Documentary)
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Many of the cyclists are women, and wearing skirts. Although women had been riding bicycles since the 1880s... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
37.
Blackfriars Bridge (1896 Documentary)
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An actuality record of Blackfriars Bridge, London, taken from the southern end looking northwards over the Thames by R.W.Paul in July 1896... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
38.
Bains en mer (1896 Documentary)
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This short documentary captures various men and children enjoying water activities. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
39.
Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896 Documentary)
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Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit... (1 mins.)
 
40.
Course en sacs (1896 Documentary)
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Several competitors take part in a friendly sack race, with widely varying degrees of success. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
41.
Loading a Boiler (1896 Documentary)
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A stationary camera placed amidships looks toward the round end of a 10- or 12-foot boiler that's been loaded onto the open deck... (1 mins.)
 
42.
Dragoons Crossing the Sâone (1896 Documentary)
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A stationary camera looks across Burgundy's River Sâone toward a small military encampment. Four horsemen enter the water in the foreground... (1 mins.)
 
43.
American Falls from Above, American Side (1896 Documentary)
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The camera shows a view of the American Falls and Goat Island. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
44.
New York, Brooklyn Bridge (1896 Documentary)
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A stationary camera is set at a curve in the train tracks, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background... (1 mins.)
 
45.
Royal Train (1896 Documentary)
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The insignia visible on the train identifies it as Queen Victoria's own personal conveyance, and the... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
46.
Arrivée d'un train à Perrache (1896 Documentary)
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A train arrives at the Perrache station. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
47.
Chicago Police Parade (1897 Documentary)
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Walking four abreast, in groups of six rows, 144 of Chicago's finest parade past a stationary camera... (1 mins.)
 
48.
Champs-Élysées (1896 Documentary)
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A short black and white film which records a street race. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
49.
Mounted Police Charge (1896 Documentary)
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"A battalion of New York's famous mounted police at inspection. They approach at break-neck gallop." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
50.
A Morning Alarm (1896 Documentary)
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This shows the Fire Department leaving headquarters for an early morning fire. The scene is remarkable for its natural effect... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
51.
Comic Costume Race (1896 Documentary)
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Amongst the most interesting of these is that representing the scene of the music hall sports at Herne-Hill... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
52.
Mess Call (1896 Documentary)
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Members of the New York state militia enjoy some relaxing time during a meal break. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
53.
Shooting the Chutes (1896 Documentary)
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The camera shows a water ride at Bergen Beach at Coney Island. A raised track filled with water forms a chute, and a small boat full of park visitors slides down the chute. Alongside, empty boats are hauled back to the top of the ride. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
54.
Bassin des Tuileries (1896 Documentary)
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A short scene showing a small man-made pond and a number of boys playing with their boats. (1 mins.)
 
55.
Voltige (1896 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
56.
Black Diamond Express (1896 Documentary)
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"Train is first seen rounding a curve nearly a mile away. Approaches at the rate of 70 miles an hour, blowing a warning whistle to a gang of track repairers." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
57.
The Twins' Tea Party (1896 Short Film)
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One of the prettiest pictures of child life we have yet offered. Two pretty children are seated in their... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
58.
La fée aux choux (1896 Short Film)
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The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving... (1 mins.)
Director: Alice Blaché
 
59.
Joueurs de cartes arrosés (1896 Short Film)
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Two men get into a fight over a card game. (1 mins.)
 
60.
Edison Drawn by 'World' Artist (1896 Documentary)
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Artist draws Thomas Edison. (2 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
61.
Ateliers de La Ciotat (1896 Documentary)
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A short black and white film which documents the workday of shipbuilders. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
62.
The Morning Alarm (1896 Documentary)
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The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Fire Department responds to an alarm on a December morning. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
63.
Concours de boules (1896 Documentary)
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A short black and white film which documents an outdoor bowling game. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
64.
The Derby (1896 Documentary)
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The Derby is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
65.
Saída do Pessoal Operário da Fábrica Confiança (1896 Documentary)
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A large number of workers, mostly young women, leave by the front door of their work place at lunch time... (1 mins.)
 
66.
Milan, place du Dôme (1896 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
 
67.
Bicyclist (1896 Documentary)
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In 1896, cinema pioneer Louis Lumière decided to register a man doing impressive tricks on his bicycle... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
68.
Lyon, travaux au canal de Jonage: Machine à damer (1896 Documentary)
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The film documents the public works during the construction of this hydro-electric canal on the Rhône river in France, namely the use of a steam-roller. (1 mins.)
 
69.
Watermelon Contest (1896 Short Film)
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Two men have a contest to see which one can be the first to eat a large slice of watermelon. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
70.
Going to the Fire (1896 Documentary)
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A crowd watches the Newark Fire Department respond to a call. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
71.
Two AM; or, The Husband's Return (1896 Short Film)
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Husband comes home late and wakes the wife.
 
72.
William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (1896 Documentary)
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"This view was taken upon Mr. McKinley's lawn at his home in Canton, Ohio. Mr. McKinley appears walking across the lawn in company with his Secretary... (1 mins.)
 
73.
Berlin: Panoptikum (1896 Documentary)
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In this short documentary a camera placed in the street captures the activity of the city. (1 mins.)
 
74.
Brooklyn, Fulton Street (1896 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
 
75.
Andalusian Dance (1896 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Henry Short
 
76.
A Sea Cave Near Lisbon (1896 Documentary)
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The water beats relentlessly against the Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), one of the main natural attractions of Lisbon's west coast, filmed from above almost in a vertical plunge onto the deep, rocky ground. (1 mins.)
Director: Henry Short
 
77.
Up the River (1896 Short Film)
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Passenger drops child from steam launch; it is rescued by swimmer from river bank. (1 mins.)
 
78.
Labourage (1896 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
 
79.
Post No Bills (1896 Short Film)
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Two bill posters argue as an incompetent guard patrols the area. (1 mins.)
 
80.
On Westminster Bridge (1896 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
81.
The Melbourne Cup (1896 Documentary)
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This film documents the 1896 Melbourne Cup horse race including footage of the crowd watching the race. (3 mins.)
Director: Marius Sestier
 
82.
Interrupted Lover (1896 Short Film)
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A pair of bucolic lovers discovered by the wrathful father, who teaches the gallant a lesson. (1 mins.)
 
83.
Herald Square (1896 Documentary)
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"Formed by the junction of Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 35th Street. The picturesque low roofed Herald building is plainly shown; also the passing crowds and group of idlers."
Director: James H. White
 
84.
Rough Sea at Dover (1895 Documentary)
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The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank. (1 mins.)
 
85.
Rip's Toast (1896 Short Film)
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"Here the celebrated actor Joseph Jefferson is shown giving his famous toast. Mr. Jefferson's features... (1 mins.)
 
86.
Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896 Short Film)
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle. (1 mins.)
 
87.
Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896 Short Film)
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle. (1 mins.)
 
88.
Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896 Short Film)
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle. (1 mins.)
 
89.
Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
 
90.
Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896 Short Film)
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.
 
91.
Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896 Short Film)
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle. (1 mins.)
 
92.
Awakening of Rip (1896 Short Film)
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.