Best Picture 1897

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1.
The X-Ray Fiend (1897 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
 
2.
Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1897 Documentary)
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A train is leaving a railway station at the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the very end of the train a barren... (1 mins.)
 
3.
Le squelette joyeux (1898 Short Film)
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A skeleton dances joyously, often collapsing into a heap of bones and quickly putting itself back together. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
4.
Panorama des rives du Nil (1897 Short Film)
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5.
The Bewitched Inn (1897 Short Film)
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A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted... (2 mins.)
 
6.
Bataille de neige (1897 Documentary)
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Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
7.
After the Ball, the Bath (1897 Short Film)
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The first film to ever show a nudity scene on screen is a simple presentation of a servant preparing a bath for another woman. (1 mins.)
 
8.
Women Fetching Water from the Nile (1897 Documentary)
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Women bringing water on their heads taken from the Nile. (1 mins.)
Director: Henry Short
 
9.
Death of Marat (1897 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Georges Hatot
 
10.
Premiers pas de bébé (1896 Documentary)
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A short black and white film which documents a mother taking her children out for a walk. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
11.
Baignade dans le torrent (1897 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
12.
Le pêcheur dans le torrent (1897 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
13.
Seminary Girls (1897 Short Film)
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"A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself *very* conspicuous by crawling under a bed." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
14.
The Devil's Castle (1899 Short Film)
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A man dressed in red is ushered into an antechamber in a Castle and offered a seat. When he tried to... (1 mins.)
 
15.
Sur les toits (1897 Short Film)
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A woman's home is forcibly invaded by robbers, and a clumsy law enforcement officer tries to detain the thieves. (1 mins.)
 
16.
Pillow Fight (1897 Short Film)
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"A comic subject, clear, bright and characteristic. Shows four girls in their night dresses, engaged in an animated pillow fight...
Director: William Heise
 
17.
Niagara Falls (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A stationary camera looks west across Niagara Falls from the United States' side (the Niagara River rushes toward the falls from right to left)... (1 mins.)
 
18.
The Miller and Chimney Sweep (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In front of a flour mill, two men fight. One is the miller, and he's swinging a bag of flour in the scuffle... (1 mins.)
 
19.
Entre Calais et Douvres (1897 Short Film)
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About a half dozen passengers, a clergyman, a captain and boson are aboard a sea tossed vessel. As it... (1 mins.)
 
20.
Philadelphia Express, Jersey Central Railway (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
"Taken at the crossing of the Pennsylvania and Jersey Central railroads at Elizabeth, N.J. While a Pennsylvania train is passing over the arch, the Philadelphia Express on the Central Railroad comes dashing underneath at full speed." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
21.
Kørsel med grønlandske hunde (1897 Documentary)
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A Danish factor ("colony manager") in Greenland drives a sledge with the help of some Greenlandic sledge... (1 mins.)
Director: Peter Elfelt
Stars: Fischer
 
22.
Chez le magnétiseur (1897 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
23.
Cupid at the Washtub (1897 Short Film)
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Groom flirts with a laundress who ducks him in a tub of suds. (1 mins.)
 
24.
Douche après le bain (1896 Short Film)
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A black and white short film of children having a water fight. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
25.
Dance, Franchonetti Sisters (1897 Short Film)
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"The French quadrille dance by a popular team of vaudeville artists."
 
26.
Patineur grotesque (1896 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
 
27.
Comedy Cake Walk (1897 Short Film)
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"Amusing cake walk of three men and two women (colored) in costume, showing the usual antics that occur in affairs of this kind."
 
28.
Return of Lifeboat (1897 Documentary)
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"Shows a life boat coming through the breakers. The surf is high and the stout boat is tossed about like a cork." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
29.
Bonne d'enfants et soldat (1897 Short Film)
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A lady who is reading is walking with her young son past a couple of soldiers and the soldiers decide to play a prank on the lady. (1 mins.)
 
30.
La prise de Tournavos (1897 Short Film)
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Three military men, seen inside a fortification, are firing on an unseen enemy force. The call for reinforcements... (1 mins.)
 
31.
Naval Combat in Greece (1897 Short Film)
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Under bombardment, five sailors load and fire a cannon on a naval ship, as their captain supervises. (1 mins.)
 
32.
Ballet libella (1897 Documentary)
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Director: Alice Guy
 
33.
Danse fleur de lotus (1897 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
34.
Sutro Baths, No. 1 (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
"One of the sights of San Francisco. A 50-foot slide is used by the bathers, who toboggan down its slippery surface in all positions...
Director: James H. White
 
35.
Sutro Baths, No. 2 (1897 Documentary)
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"Another view in which the figures show larger. A springboard furnishes the bathers with much amusement; also a toboggan slide."
Director: James H. White
 
36.
Partie de cartes (1897 Short Film)
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A card game over drinks with three men, including Antoine Lumiere and Felicien Trewey.
 
37.
Laveuses sur la rivière (1897 Documentary)
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Women washing their clothes by the river. (1 mins.)
 
38.
The Last Cartridges (1897 Short Film)
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An incident of the Franco-Prussian War. It shows the bombardment of a house at Bazeille. It is the animated reproduction of de Neuville's celebrated painting. (1 mins.)
 
39.
Leander Sisters (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
"A clever characteristic dance called the 'Yellow Kid.' Very unique. Stage is in the Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal., and the audience is composed largely of bathers."
Director: James H. White
 
40.
Crissie Sheridan (1897 Short Film)
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A serpentine dance being performed by the dancer whose name is the main title of the film.
 
41.
Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897 Documentary)
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"This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it... (1 mins.)
 
42.
Les cambrioleurs (1897 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
43.
Admiral Cigarette (1897 Documentary)
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A commercial. Four men sit in animated conversation in front of a billboard for Admiral Cigarettes. The billboard fills the entire background...
 
44.
Robbery (1897 Short Film)
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Robber forces wayfarer to undress.
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
45.
Water Fall in the Catskills (1897 Documentary)
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"Beautiful water effects at Haines' Falls, a most picturesque and charming mountain cataract. The wild and rugged surroundings are very impressive."
Director: James H. White
 
46.
The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897 Documentary)
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The first known feature film! A very unusual filmed record of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight originally ran over 90 minutes in length. (20 mins.)
Director: Enoch J. Rector
 
47.
Fisherman's Luck (1897 Short Film)
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"Two German anglers are fishing, with odd results. One gets a bite, and pulls in a length of stovepipe. The other is so astonished that he falls overboard." (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
48.
Cupid and Psyche (1897 Short Film)
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"[By the Leander Sisters.] The dress of one consists of a pair of wings and a bow and arrow; the other represents a fairy. Bathers in all stages of dress and undress watch the graceful dance."
Director: James H. White
 
49.
Bowery Waltz (1897 Documentary)
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A vaudeville routine: two denizens of the Bowery dance while under the influence. She's wearing a light dress with a full skirt... (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
50.
Charity Ball (1897 Short Film)
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Director: William Heise
 
51.
Dewars Scotch Whiskey (1897 Short Film)
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A line of giddy, possibly drunk men, dressed in Scottish highland outfits, perform a disorderly dance routine in front of a sign advertising the product of the title. This film is often described as the first filmed advertisement. (1 mins.)
 
52.
Falls of Minnehaha (1897 Documentary)
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"The 'Laughing Waters' of Longfellow's 'Hiawatha.' A beautiful view of this picturesque and celebrated waterfall."
Director: James H. White
 
53.
Fifth Avenue, New York (1897 Documentary)
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"The famous parade ground of Metropolitan fashion. Exquisitely gowned women, club men, actresses, millionaires pass by on their afternoon stroll." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
54.
First Avenue, Seattle, Washington, No. 8 (1897 Documentary)
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Director: James H. White
 
55.
Corner Madison and State Streets, Chicago (1897 Documentary)
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"The busiest corner in Chicago. Cable cars and street traffic of all descriptions. Hundreds of shoppers. Fine perspective view looking north toward the Masonic Temple."
Director: James H. White
 
56.
Buffalo Fire Department in Action (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Ten horse-drawn pieces of equipment of the Buffalo Fire Department pass by a stationary camera that looks down a broad avenue as they come toward it... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
57.
Dancing Darkey Boy (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
"Scene in a stable, where a crowd of horsemen, jockeys and stable hands are watching a little [colored] boy dance on a table."
Director: William Heise
 
58.
Giant Coal Dumper (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
"Shows how a full carload of coal is loaded onto a vessel every thirty seconds at the great Erie Railroad Docks, Cleveland, Ohio. Great clouds of coal dust rise as each car is unloaded." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
59.
Capsize of Lifeboat (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
"Daily practice of life boat crew, showing boat being upset purposely by the men. As these boats are self-righting and self-bailing, the scene is particularly interesting." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
60.
Menuisiers (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
61.
Retour d'une promenade en mer (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A black and white short which documents a boat returning to the dock and the unloading of passengers. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
62.
Fisherman's Wharf (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
"Shows the wharf at San Francisco, Cal., with a large fleet of fishing boats at anchor. The crews are engaged in mending nets...
Director: James H. White
 
63.
The First Sleigh-Ride (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, normal routines are resuming after a snowstorm. Along a city street, pedestrians watch as a vehicle passes by... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
64.
Arab Cortege, Geneva (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A stationary camera looks across a busy corner toward a store front marked "The Divan." The words "des fees" are beneath... (1 mins.)
 
65.
Police Patrol Wagon (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
"It dashes up just in time to gather in the crowd of rowdies that are fighting. The policemen hustle the toughs off to the station house."
Director: James H. White
 
66.
Football (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(1 mins.)
 
67.
Salida de misa de doce del Pilar de Zaragoza (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Short documentary where people come out of a church in Zaragoza.
Director: Eduardo Jimeno
 
68.
24ème chasseurs alpins: leçon de boxe (1897 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
 
69.
Racing at Sheepshead Bay (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
"The finish and weighing out of a running race with nine starters. Won by the famous Clifford, Sloane up."
 
70.
Free-for-All Race at Charter Oak Park (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
"Great horse racing on the famous Hartford track, showing start and finish of a 2.04 3/4 heat run by the fastest harness horse in the world, John R. Gentry."
Director: James H. White
 
71.
Armour's Electric Trolley (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
At the Armour & Co. Chicago yard. Two railroad tracks dominate the center and right half of the frame... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
72.
Lurline Baths (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
"The main feature is the toboggan slide. Some sit down while others lie down, either head or feet first." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
73.
Sheep Run, Chicago Stockyards (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
"Shows a large flock of sheep being driven from the cars to the slaughter house."
Director: James H. White
 
74.
Liverpool, Church Street (1897 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
 
75.
Paris, le Pont-Neuf (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A short film which documents activities on a street in Paris. (1 mins.)
 
76.
Horses Loading for Klondike (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Horses being loaded in cases, on the deck of the boat.
Director: James H. White
 
77.
Fishermen and Boat at Port Said (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(1 mins.)
Director: Henry Short
 
78.
Launch of Life Boat (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
"The scene opens with the opening of the boat-house door, followed by the boat speeding down a runway into the water. The sailors, with oars pointing upward, and the splashing waters, are clearly reproduced, making an interesting scene."
Director: James H. White
 
79.
S.S. 'Williamette' Leaving for Klondike (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Director: James H. White
 
80.
S.S. 'Queen' Leaving Dock (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Director: James H. White
 
81.
S.S. 'Coptic' Sailing Away (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Shows the vessel after she has been fully turned and on her way across the Pacific. The boat shows large and clear with smoke coming from the stack...
Director: James H. White
 
82.
S.S. 'Coptic' at Dock (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Taken at the docks of the Pacific Steamship Co., San Francisco, Cal., which is operated in connection with the Southern Pacific Railroad Co...
Director: James H. White
 
83.
S.S. 'Coptic' in the Harbor (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
"Shows the vessel away from the dock and slowly turning. The vessel is seen to good advantage, the four masts...
Director: James H. White
 
84.
S.S. 'Queen' Loading (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
"Shows the S.S. "Queen" at Seattle with an immense crowd of miners crowding the decks of the boat and the docks...
Director: James H. White
 
85.
Place du Pont (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A short documentary with a fixed camera filming traffic on a street in Lyon. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
86.
Loading Baggage for Klondike (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
"This was the first ship sailing for the Klondike from Seattle during the gold rush of 1897. Crowds of anxious gold seekers watch the loading of their outfits, clothing, kits and provisions into the hole of the 'Williamette.'"
Director: James H. White
 
87.
Fast Mail, Northern Pacific Railroad (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
"Here is a twelve car train dashing along at a high rate of speed. It is seen first in the distance and approaches and then passes by the camera...
Director: James H. White
 
88.
Cattle Driven to Slaughter (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
In the Chicago stockyards, the gates of a pen of long-horn cattle are open and the cattle are being herded out by several cowhands... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
89.
Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, Cal. (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Director: James H. White
 
90.
Hotel Vendome, San Jose, Cal. (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: James H. White
 
91.
Hotel del Monte (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
"Shows a party of tourists at this famous resort; located in Monterey, Cal., on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The magnificence of its surroundings is clearly shown."
Director: James H. White
 
92.
Attelage d'un camion (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A horse team is pulling a truck. (1 mins.)
 
93.
Fishing Smacks (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
"Taken at Fisherman's Wharf. The crews are engaged in mending nets, arranging lines, etc., all of which lend action to the view. The figures are clear and life size, and the scene is truthfully reproduced."
Director: James H. White
 
94.
Buffalo Stockyards (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
"A long line of horses, mules and ponies are led, driven and ridden into the yards, where they are sold and distributed." (2 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
95.
Stanford University, California (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
"The view shows an immense arch in the background through which are seen coming groups of students, some walking, others on bicycles. The ivy covered walls of the building form the background to a pleasing picture."
Director: James H. White
 
96.
Buffalo Police on Parade (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
"A street scene showing parade of the entire Buffalo Police Department, 16 men abreast, with military band." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
97.
Surf at Monterey (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
"The water breaks over the rocks, and is dashed into silvery spray, high in to the air. Exceptionally fine water effects."
Director: James H. White
 
98.
Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, Cal. (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
The title tells us where we are; the vignette is in two parts, spliced together. On a busy sidewalk... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White