1887-1910-Silent Film Journal

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1.
Blacksmith Scene (1893 Short Film)
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around. (1 mins.)
 
2.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
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A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
3.
The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895 Documentary)
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Members of the French Photographic Society arrive from a riverboat to their congress venue in Neuville-sur-Saône on a summer day... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
4.
Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895 Short Film)
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A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
5.
Baby's Dinner (1895 Documentary)
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A baby is seated at a table between its cheerful parents, Auguste and Marguerite Lumière. While the father is feeding the baby with a spoon... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
6.
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
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1897 Documentary)
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A train, with a camera mounted near the front, pulls out of the Jerusalem station. It passes groups... (1 mins.)
 
9.
Bataille de neige (1897 Documentary)
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Wintertime in Lyons. 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
 
10.
A Photographic Contortion (1901 Short Film)
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A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins. (1 mins.)
Stars: Sam Dalton
 
11.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
15.
Three American Beauties (1906 Documentary)
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Images of a rose, a young woman, and the American flag. (1 mins.)
 
16.
The Assassination of the Duke de Guise (1908 Short Film)
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Francia, alla fine del Cinquecento. Enrico III ha deciso di eliminare il suo rivale, il duca di Guisa... (15 mins.)
 
17.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
 
18.
Barque sortant du port (1895 Documentary)
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This is another one-shot Lumiere Brothers film, which consists of a single shot of a boat leaving the port, being watched by members of the Lumiere family. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
19.
Rough Sea at Dover (1896 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.)
Director: Birt Acres
 
20.
The Devilish Tenant (1909 Short Film)
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A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion. (6 mins.)
 
21.
Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes (1896 Documentary)
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This lost film presumably features a train arriving at Vincennes station.
 
22.
Happy Hooligan (1900 Short Film)
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23.
Come Along, Do! (1898 Short Film)
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A couple look at a statue while eating in an art gallery. (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
24.
Les chiens savants (1902 Documentary)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Alice Guy
 
25.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
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A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
 
26.
Éruption volcanique à la Martinique (1902 Short Film)
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This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity... (1 mins.)
 
27.
Eine Fahrt durch Wien (1906 Documentary)
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(4 mins.)
 
28.
Modern Sculptors (1908 Short Film)
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The first scene presents before the astonished eyes of the spectators a solid piece of marble, which... (5 mins.)
Director: Chomont
 
29.
The House of Ghosts (1908 Short Film)
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A group of travelers go into a house for protection. Little do they know, it is filled with ghosts who make unusual things happen to them. (6 mins.)
 
30.
Will Grandfather Forgive? (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
31.
Scenes of Morocco (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
32.
An Artist's Dream (1906 Short Film)
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33.
Pauvre Pierrot (1892 Short Film)
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One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away. (4 mins.)
Director: Émile Reynaud
 
34.
Cock Fight, No. 2 (1894 Short Film)
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Two gamecocks are fighting inside a wire cage, while two spectators look on in the background. The two men agree to make a bet on the outcome. One of them shows his money to the other, who is commenting on the fight. (1 mins.)
 
35.
Luis Martinetti, Contortionist (1894 Short Film)
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Luis Martinetti, a contortionist suspended from acrobatic flying rings, contorts himself for about thirty seconds. This is one of the first films made for Edison's kinetoscopes. (1 mins.)
 
36.
Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894 Documentary)
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns. (1 mins.)
 
37.
Annabelle Sun Dance (1894 Short Film)
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38.
The Barbershop (1894 Documentary)
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Customer gets a lightning-fast shave. (1 mins.)
 
39.
The Cock Fight (1894 Documentary)
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Two gamecocks fight in the Edison Company film studio. This feature was remade later in the same year, with additional detail added. (1 mins.)
 
40.
Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) (1894 Documentary)
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The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete", which depicts a boxer with a classic style trying to contend with an opponent who uses a very unorthodox approach.
 
41.
Caicedo (with Pole) (1894 Short Film)
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"King of the slack wire. His daring feats of balancing as he performs his thrilling feats in midair show that he is perfectly at home." (from Edison Films)
 
42.
Autour d'une cabine (1894 Short Film)
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Pre-cinematograph colour animation of a woman and man at the beach. (2 mins.)
Director: Émile Reynaud
 
43.
The Mechanical Butcher (1895 Short Film)
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A butcher puts a full-grown live pig into his large box-like machine. Moments later, he draws out a full range of pork products, many already packaged for sale. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
44.
Une partie de cartes (1896 Short Film)
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Three friends are playing cards in a beer garden. One of them orders drinks. The waitress comes back with a bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray... (1 mins.)
 
45.
Serpentine Dance by Annabelle (1896 Documentary)
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs her popular serpentine dance routine. She twirls around, and as she does so, she uses her long skirts to create a variety of patterns. (1 mins.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
Transformation by Hats (1895 Short Film)
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In commedia dell'arte style, an actor on a stool presents six distinct characters through speedy application of whiskers and a hat or... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
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.)
 
51.
Childish Quarrel (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
"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
 
52.
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.)
 
53.
The Twins' Tea Party (1896 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
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
 
54.
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.)
 
55.
Feeding the Doves (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
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
 
56.
A Terrible Night (1896 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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.)
 
57.
The Devil's Castle (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A man dressed in red is ushered into an antechamber in a Castle and offered a seat. When he tried to... (1 mins.)
 
58.
The Kiss (1896 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two people kiss. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
59.
Sandow (1896 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
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.)
 
60.
Pompiers à Lyon (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera... (1 mins.)
 
61.
Sun Dance - Annabelle (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: James H. White
 
62.
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
 
63.
Crissie Sheridan (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A serpentine dance being performed by the dancer whose name is the main title of the film.
 
64.
After the Ball, the Bath (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
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.)
 
65.
The Bewitched Inn (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted... (2 mins.)
 
66.
Entre Calais et Douvres (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
About a half dozen passengers, a clergyman, a captain and boson are aboard a sea tossed vessel. As it...
 
67.
La prise de Tournavos (1897 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Three military men, seen inside a fortification, are firing on an unseen enemy force. The call for reinforcements... (1 mins.)
 
68.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
69.
Santa Claus (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree... (1 mins.)
Director: G.A. Smith
 
70.
A Trip to the Moon (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon. (3 mins.)
 
71.
Visite sous-marine du Maine (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The battleship Maine is blown up in Havana harbour during the Spanish-American War.
 
72.
The Magician (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box... (1 mins.)
 
73.
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.)
 
74.
A Turn of the Century Illusionist (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A magician and his assistant perform numerous magic acts. (1 mins.)
 
75.
Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame. (1 mins.)
 
76.
A Mysterious Portrait (1899 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
 
77.
La dictée du bordereau (1899 Short Film)
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Dictation of the statement of Captain Dreyfus in reference to the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal that rocked France from 1894 to 1906. (1 mins.)
 
78.
The Temptation of St. Anthony (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The pious St. Anthony is tormented by visions of seductive women. (1 mins.)
 
79.
Adventures of William Tell (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The scene opens in an artist's studio where the unfinished statue of William Tell stands upon a pedestal... (1 mins.)
 
80.
The Famous Box Trick (1898 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Opens with a magician compressing something white in his hands. It transforms into a living dove. which... (1 mins.)
 
81.
Panorama pris d'un train en marche (1898 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
With the cameraman atop a moving train car the viewer is given a one minute glimpse of a French urban area. (2 mins.)
 
82.
Entretien de Dreyfus et de sa femme à Rennes (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Captain Dreyfus is reunited with his wife after being falsely imprisoned. (1 mins.)
 
83.
Attentat contre Maître Labori (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A dramatization of a real event, in which Fernand Labori, defense lawyer for Captain Dreyfus in the Dreyfus Affair, was shot and wounded in the back by an unknown assailant who escaped. (1 mins.)
 
84.
Bagarre entre journalistes (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A fight breaks out between reporters, as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event. (1 mins.)
 
85.
Conseil de guerre en séance à Rennes (1899 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
 
86.
Disembarking at Quiberon (1899 Short Film)
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87.
Suicide du Colonel Henry (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Major Hubert-Joseph Henry commits suicide, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event. (1 mins.)
 
88.
Mise aux fers de Dreyfus (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Captain Dreyfus is placed in leg irons as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event. (1 mins.)
 
89.
The Devil's Island (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Former Captain Alfred Dreyfus paces in his prison, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event. (1 mins.)
 
90.
The Sign of the Cross (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair. (3 mins.)
 
91.
Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1899 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Filmed from the Brooklyn tower of the bridge, this is a panorama starting at Manhattan's Battery and...
 
92.
In the Grip of the Blizzard (1899 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899... (2 mins.)
 
93.
King John (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way. (5 mins.)
 
94.
Cinderella (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out? (6 mins.)
 
95.
L'affaire Dreyfus (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899. (13 mins.)
 
96.
A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel. (1 mins.)
 
97.
Le chevalier mystère (1899 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head... (2 mins.)
 
98.
Spanish Bullfight (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
With a crowded arena in the background, a stationary camera records a bull charging a picador astride his horse... (1 mins.)
 
99.
Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A traveler puts up at an inn. He hangs his overcoat and hat upon a peg in his room, but he finds, instantly... (2 mins.)
 
100.
The Delights of Automobiling (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
This is altogether a remarkable picture and of very fine photographic value. It shows a picturesque country road... (1 mins.)