1887-1910-Silent Film Journal

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1. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | 1 min | Short

6.2
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Charles Kayser, John Ott

Votes: 1,602

2. Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 4,782

3. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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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. They go ashore across a wooden landing stage. Among the ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,211

4. Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895)

1 min | Comedy, Short

7.2
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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. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 3,446

5. Baby's Dinner (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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As part of a maiden public film screening at the Salon Indien, on December 28, in Paris, Auguste Lumière pivots the centre of attention around his baby daughter, as he tries to feed her from a spoon.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Andrée Lumière

Votes: 2,270

6. Démolition d'un mur (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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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, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 1,789

7. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 7,856

8. Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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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, rocky landscape is seen, and some ruins of very old buildings,. Five men walk ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Alexandre Promio

Votes: 629

9. Bataille de neige (1897)

1 min | Short, Documentary

6.7
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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. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,104

10. A Photographic Contortion (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

6.9
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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.

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 1,117

11. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

8.2
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 34,067

12. The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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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.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Edward Boulden

Votes: 844

13. The Monster (1903)

3 min | Short, Fantasy

6.4
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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. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 833

14. Le voyage à travers l'impossible (1904)

Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

7.7
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jeanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 2,535

15. Three American Beauties (1906)

Unrated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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Images of a rose, a young woman, and the American flag.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 288

16. The Assassination of the Duke de Guise (1908)

15 min | Short, History, Drama

5.6
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France, at the end of the sixteenth century. Henry III decided to eliminate his rival, the Duke of Guise, and, therefore, calls him in the castle of Blois. The mistress of the duke, warned ... See full summary »

Directors: André Calmettes, Charles Le Bargy | Stars: Charles Le Bargy, Albert Lambert, Gabrielle Robinne, Berthe Bovy

Votes: 429

17. Frankenstein (1910)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips

Votes: 2,763

18. Barque sortant du port (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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A rowboat with three men is leaving a little harbor. Two of them are rowing the boat, while the third is sitting in the stern. All of them wear hats. They are passing the outer end of a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 890

19. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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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.

Directors: Birt Acres, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 549

20. The Devilish Tenant (1909)

6 min | Short, Comedy

7.3
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A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Charles Claudel, Octavie Huvier, André Méliès, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,307

21. Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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This lost film presumably features a train arriving at Vincennes station.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 90

22. Happy Hooligan (1900)

Comedy, Short

4.9
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Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 50

23. Come Along, Do! (1898)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

5.0
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A couple look at a statue while eating in an art gallery.

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 358

24. Les chiens savants (1902)

3 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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A woman performs a music hall act with her extremely well-trained dogs.

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 135

25. L'homme à la tête en caoutchouc (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy

7.2
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A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,905

26. Éruption volcanique à la Martinique (1902)

1 min | Short

5.2
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This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 320

27. Eine Fahrt durch Wien (1906)

4 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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Votes: 10

28. Modern Sculptors (1908)

5 min | Short

6.4
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In the middle of a theatre stage, much to our surprise, a modern sculptor's minuscule creations come to life, until the grand finale where an astonishing metamorphosis awaits.

Director: Segundo de Chomón | Stars: Julienne Mathieu, André Deed

Votes: 101

29. The House of Ghosts (1907)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

6.9
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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.

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 397

30. Will Grandfather Forgive? (1907)

Short, Drama

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Chaperoned by her governess, the granddaughter of a wealthy old man starts out for a walk. After some time they sit down to rest on a rustic bench, when a beggar comes up and obstinately ... See full synopsis »

31. Scenes of Morocco (1908)

Short

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32. An Artist's Dream (1906)

Short

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33. Pauvre Pierrot (1892)

4 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

6.6
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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.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 916

34. Cock Fight, No. 2 (1894)

1 min | Short

4.4
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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.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Henry Welton

Votes: 287

35. Luis Martinetti, Contortionist (1894)

Unrated | 1 min | Short

5.7
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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.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Luis Martinetti

Votes: 449

36. Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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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.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 613

37. Annabelle Sun Dance (1894)

Short

5.3
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 123

38. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 840

39. The Cock Fight (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.5
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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.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 419

40. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.3
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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.

Votes: 628

41. Caicedo (with Pole) (1894)

Unrated | 1 min | Short

6.2
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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)

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Juan A. Caicedo

Votes: 522

42. Autour d'une cabine (1894)

2 min | Animation, Short

6.2
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Pre-cinematograph colour animation of a woman and man at the beach.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 591

43. The Mechanical Butcher (1895)

1 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Short

6.0
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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.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 530

44. Une partie de cartes (1896)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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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)".

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 645

45. Serpentine Dance by Annabelle (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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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.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 209

46. The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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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.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Antoine Féraud, Antoine Lumière, Félicien Trewey, Alphonse Winckler

Votes: 1,062

47. Transformation by Hats (1895)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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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, in one case, a wig followed by a few gestures. First ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 832

48. Lion, London Zoological Garden (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.3
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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. The lion alternates between finding ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 503

49. Carmaux, défournage du coke (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.4
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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, is gradually pushed out of a smelter into a yard, one worker sprays it... See full summary »

Votes: 562

50. A Nightmare (1896)

1 min | Short

6.6
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In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 879

51. Childish Quarrel (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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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."

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 688

52. The House of the Devil (1896)

3 min | Short, Horror

6.7
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jeanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,935

53. The Twins' Tea Party (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.5
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One of the prettiest pictures of child life we have yet offered. Two pretty children are seated in their high chairs playing "Tea Party" with their dishes arranged about them. They become ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 132

54. Dragoons Crossing the Sâone (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.4
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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, each riding his horse as it swims across toward ... See full summary »

Votes: 464

55. Feeding the Doves (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.0
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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.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 668

56. Une nuit terrible (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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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.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 724

57. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short

6.4
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Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 631

58. The Kiss (1896)

1 min | Short, Romance

5.8
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Two people kiss.

Director: William Heise | Stars: May Irwin, John C. Rice

Votes: 2,361

59. Sandow (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Sport

5.5
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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. He begins with his arms folded against his ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Eugen Sandow

Votes: 633

60. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera. Two horses draw each wagon, and each wagon carries from two to eight ... See full summary »

Votes: 316

61. Sun Dance - Annabelle (1897)

Short

6.5
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Director: James H. White | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 20

62. Seminary Girls (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.7
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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."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 669

63. Crissie Sheridan (1897)

Not Rated | Short

5.5
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A serpentine dance being performed by the dancer whose name is the main title of the film.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Crissie Sheridan

Votes: 166

64. After the Ball, the Bath (1897)

1 min | Short

5.3
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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.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jane Brady, Jeanne d'Alcy

Votes: 870

65. The Bewitched Inn (1897)

2 min | Short, Comedy

6.5
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At a solitary cheap inn, a distant traveller overcome with fatigue has a close encounter with the supernatural.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 540

66. Entre Calais et Douvres (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.5
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Using the same rocking effect previously employed in "Combat naval en Grèce (1897)", the director Georges Méliès recreates the illusion of a small ship in a tempest.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 341

67. La prise de Tournavos (1897)

1 min | Short, War

5.5
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Three military men, seen inside a fortification, are firing on an unseen enemy force. The call for reinforcements but ladders appear signaling the enemy is about to overrun this position. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 314

68. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy

7.6
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Much to our amazement, an elegant and masterful illusionist detaches his own head effortlessly from his shoulders for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,285

69. Santa Claus (1898)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree. He then fills the stockings that were previously hung on the mantle by the children. ... See full summary »

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Dorothy Smith, Harold Smith

Votes: 530

70. The Astronomer's Dream; or, The Man in the Moon (1898)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,290

71. Visite sous-marine du Maine (1898)

1 min | Short, Drama, News

6.1
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The battleship Maine is blown up in Havana harbour during the Spanish-American War.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 333

72. The Magician (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

6.5
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In a traditional "magician" attire, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words and conjures up wonders from a plain wooden box.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 497

73. Les chutes (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A stationary camera looks west across Niagara Falls from the United States' side (the Niagara River rushes toward the falls from right to left). Virtually overlooking the falls and ... See full summary »

Votes: 324

74. A Turn of the Century Illusionist (1899)

1 min | Short

6.5
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A magician and his assistant perform numerous magic acts.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 746

75. Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899)

1 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Jeanne d'Alcy

Votes: 357

76. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

1 min | Short

6.0
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A magician has a picture frame set up. He then proceeds to make a second version of himself appear inside it.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 323

77. La dictée du bordereau (1899)

1 min | Short

5.0
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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.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 119

78. The Temptation of St. Anthony (1898)

1 min | Short, Drama

6.1
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The pious St. Anthony is tormented by visions of seductive women.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 517

79. Adventures of William Tell (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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The scene opens in an artist's studio where the unfinished statue of William Tell stands upon a pedestal. A clown appears and sticks a clay arm and clay head on the statue, thus completing ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 332

80. The Famous Box Trick (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

6.2
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From the depths of a plain wooden box, a skilful conjurer materializes a lively boy in a clown suit. Next, he takes a heavy battle-axe. What are his intentions?

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 337

81. Panorama pris d'un train en marche (1898)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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With the cameraman atop a moving train car the viewer is given a one minute glimpse of a French urban area.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 349

82. Entretien de Dreyfus et de sa femme à Rennes (1899)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Captain Dreyfus is reunited with his wife after being falsely imprisoned.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 142

83. Attentat contre Maître Labori (1899)

1 min | Short

5.5
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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.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 133

84. Bagarre entre journalistes (1899)

1 min | Short

5.3
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A fight breaks out between reporters, as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 138

85. Conseil de guerre en séance à Rennes (1899)

2 min | Short

4.9
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In this, the 10th episodes of The Dreyfus Affair docudrama, court-martial proceedings continue. Cross-questioning occurs, and Captain Dreyfus argues with the judges.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 133

86. Disembarking at Quiberon (1899)

1 min | Short

5.4
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Captain Dreyfus gets off the ship at Quiberon during the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 137

87. Suicide du Colonel Henry (1899)

1 min | Short

5.4
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Major Hubert-Joseph Henry commits suicide, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 152

88. Mise aux fers de Dreyfus (1899)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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Captain Dreyfus is placed in leg irons as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 135

89. The Devil's Island (1899)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Former Captain Alfred Dreyfus paces in his prison, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 137

90. The Sign of the Cross (1899)

3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 585

91. Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1899)

Documentary, Short

4.7
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Filmed from the Brooklyn tower of the bridge, this is a panorama starting at Manhattan's Battery and then panning northward along the East River shoreline.

Votes: 107

92. In the Grip of the Blizzard (1899)

2 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, ... See full summary »

Votes: 100

93. King John (1899)

5 min | Short, Drama

5.0
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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.

Directors: Walter Pfeffer Dando, William K.L. Dickson, Herbert Beerbohm Tree | Stars: Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Dora Tulloch, Charles Sefton, J. Fisher White

Votes: 327

94. Cinderella (1899)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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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?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmely, Jeanne d'Alcy

Votes: 996

95. L'affaire Dreyfus (1899)

13 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.9
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Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 362

96. A Kiss in the Tunnel (I) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

5.9
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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.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, George Albert Smith

Votes: 965

97. Le chevalier mystère (1899)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

6.2
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The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head, removes it from the blackboard, and it turns into life and bows and smiles ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 313

98. Spanish Bullfight (1900)

1 min | Short, Sport

5.1
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With a crowded arena in the background, a stationary camera records a bull charging a picador astride his horse. An attendant on foot throws stones at the rump of the horse to get it to ... See full summary »

Votes: 268

99. Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900)

2 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

6.8
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As if by magic, a weary traveller trying to undress, is foiled by his mutinous clothes as they teleport and multiply before his eyes, refusing to stay on the clothing rack.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 418

100. The Delights of Automobiling (1900)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.4
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As two couples enjoy their evening promenade in a nice but rickety open motor car, without notice, an explosion blows the vehicle to smithereens.

Director: Cecil M. Hepworth | Stars: Cecil M. Hepworth, Henry Lawley

Votes: 655