Best Picture 1903

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1.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
2.
The Passion Play (1903 Short Film)
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1. THE ANNUNCIATION. The Angel of the Lord appears to Mary, announcing the birth of a child, which shall be called the "Son of God." 2... (44 mins.)
 
3.
Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903 Short Film)
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At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears... (16 mins.)
 
4.
The Music Lover (1903 Short Film)
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The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music. (3 mins.)
 
5.
The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903 Short Film)
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Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk."... (5 mins.)
 
6.
Alice in Wonderland (1903 Short Film)
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Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows... (8 mins.)
 
7.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903 Short Film)
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Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave... (13 mins.)
 
8.
The Enchanted Well (1903 Short Film)
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Denied a handout, a witch exacts vengeance by cursing the village well. (4 mins.)
 
9.
Faust in Hell (1903 Short Film)
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Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride... (6 mins.)
 
10.
The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903 Short Film)
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Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits. (2 mins.)
 
11.
Daylight Burglary (1903 Short Film)
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A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers... (5 mins.)
 
12.
Jupiter's Thunderballs (1903 Short Film)
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Brief "trick film" in which Zeus and two other gods romp with dancing girls on Olympian clouds.
 
13.
Mary Jane's Mishap (1903 Short Film)
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Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin. (4 mins.)
 
14.
The Magic Lantern (1903 Short Film)
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In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls. (3 mins.)
 
15.
The Monster (1903 Short Film)
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An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx... (2 mins.)
 
16.
Misfortune Never Comes Alone (1903 Short Film)
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The scene takes place in front of a barrack, where a young soldier is on duty --most laughable and comical. (3 mins.)
 
17.
Extraordinary Illusions (1903 Short Film)
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Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès performs his cine-magic act. (2 mins.)
 
18.
The Poachers (1903 Short Film)
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Three hunters surprise two poachers in the act. The hunters take umbrage and give chase over fences and through fields... (3 mins.)
Director: William Haggar
 
19.
A Chess Dispute (1903 Short Film)
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A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
20.
Prolific Magic Egg (1903 Short Film)
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A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton... (2 mins.)
 
21.
What Happened in the Tunnel (1903 Short Film)
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A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger. (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
22.
Life of an American Fireman (1903 Short Film)
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire... (6 mins.)
 
23.
Ten Ladies in One Umbrella (1903 Short Film)
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The scene is similar to that seen at Coney Island, where a number of shows are constantly going on. A Juggler enters... (4 mins.)
 
24.
An Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903 Short Film)
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A man and a woman talk beside a street near a corner where a cop stands. Just as a horse-drawn cart rounds the corner... (1 mins.)
 
25.
New York City 'Ghetto' Fish Market (1903 Documentary)
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A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are passing along the stands and making their purchases of fish. A great character-study. - from the Edison Catalog (2 mins.)
 
26.
Rube and Mandy at Coney Island (1903 Short Film)
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The first scene shows a country couple entering Steeplechase Park. They proceed to amuse themselves on the steeplechase... (12 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
27.
Down the Hudson (1903 Documentary)
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Film taken from a boat heading down the Hudson is shown at varying speeds, often giving a sense of rapid transit... (3 mins.)
 
28.
The Sick Kitten (1903 Short Film)
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A girl gives a spoonful of medicine to a kitten. (1 mins.)
 
29.
Robinson Crusoe (1903 Short Film)
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Robinson Crusoe and Friday fight with hostile natives, and eventually retire to their jungle cottage to relax. (1 mins.)
 
30.
Subub Surprises the Burglar (1903 Short Film)
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Shows a bedroom and a man asleep in bed. A burglar cautiously raises the window, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
31.
Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River (1903 Documentary)
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This short film shows a panoramic view of Manhattan Island, as it appeared in 1903. The island is viewed from the North River (Hudson River)... (3 mins.)
Director: J.B. Smith
 
32.
How Monsieur Takes His Bath (1903 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
33.
At the Foot of the Flatiron (1903 Documentary)
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It's a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by the Flatiron Building are having considerable difficulty in keeping their hats from flying off. (2 mins.)
 
34.
Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903 Documentary)
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Shows a large open barge loaded with people of every nationality, disembarking at Ellis Island, N. Y. A most interesting and typical scene. (2 mins.)
 
35.
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903 Short Film)
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A woman being fitted for shoes exposes her ankle to the shoe clerk, who is intrigued. He kisses her, but her chaperone hits him with her umbrella. (1 mins.)
 
36.
The Mystical Flame (1903 Short Film)
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A juggler enters upon the scene, picks up a skull, throws it into the air, catches it in his hands, where it is transformed into a handkerchief... (2 mins.)
 
37.
Move On (1903 Short Film)
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Push-cart vendors are told to move on by a policeman. (1 mins.)
 
38.
Panorama of Blackwell's Island (1903 Documentary)
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39.
Street Car Chivalry (1903 Short Film)
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Men on the streetcar offer their seats to pretty women, but not to an ugly woman.
 
40.
Ameta (1903 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
 
41.
From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen (1903 Short Film)
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A woman in fancy dress enters a dressing room and begins to disrobe. She removes a coat, a top, and her skirt... (1 mins.)
 
42.
A Romance of the Rail (1903 Short Film)
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An engaged couple, dressed in white, meet each other at a train station. When the train arrives, they get on board... (4 mins.)
 
43.
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island... (1 mins.)
Stars: Topsy