Early Cinema

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1.
Roundhay Garden Scene (1888 Documentary)
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In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film. (1 mins.)
 
2.
Blacksmith Scene (1893 Short Film)
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around. (1 mins.)
 
3.
Carmencita (1894 Documentary)
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Performing on what looks like a small wooden stage, wearing a dress with a hoop skirt and white high-heeled pumps, Carmencita does a dance with kicks and twirls, a smile always on her face. (1 mins.)
Stars: Carmencita
 
4.
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894 Short Film)
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The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
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.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Salida de misa de doce del Pilar de Zaragoza (1897 Documentary)
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Short documentary where people come out of a church in Zaragoza.
Director: Eduardo Jimeno
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Temptation of St. Anthony (1898 Short Film)
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The pious St. Anthony is tormented by visions of seductive women. (1 mins.)
 
16.
Santa Claus (1898 Short Film)
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"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
 
17.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
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One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
18.
A Trip to the Moon (1898 Short Film)
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An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon. (3 mins.)
 
19.
A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899 Short Film)
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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. (1 mins.)
 
20.
L'affaire Dreyfus (1899 Short Film)
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Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899. (13 mins.)
 
21.
Cinderella (1899 Short Film)
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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? (6 mins.)
 
22.
The Sign of the Cross (1899 Short Film)
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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. (3 mins.)
 
23.
The One-Man Band (1900 Short Film)
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A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means. (2 mins.)
 
24.
The Enchanted Drawing (1900 Short Film)
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A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad. (2 mins.)
 
25.
Joan of Arc (1900 Short Film)
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A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured. (10 mins.)
 
26.
Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900 Short Film)
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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.)
 
27.
The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901 Short Film)
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This film is a winner, it being one of the most laughable of mysterious picture ever made. An extremely... (2 mins.)
 
28.
Grandma's Reading Glass (1900 Short Film)
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A boy looks through glasses at various objects, seen magnified. (2 mins.)
 
29.
The Trick Cyclist (1901 Short Film)
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Shows a tramp enter and try to ride a wheel, from which he makes some very ludicrous falls and gives up in despair, after which an artist enters and jumps rope on a wheel. A very laughable subject. (2 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Bluebeard (1901 Short Film)
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A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances. (9 mins.)
 
32.
History of a Crime (1901 Short Film)
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La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica... (5 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Zecca
 
33.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
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A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
 
34.
Gulliver's Travels (1902 Short Film)
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Of all the beautiful stories ever told none are more interesting than Gulliver's Travels. How Gulliver... (4 mins.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902 Short Film)
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Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene. (2 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
37.
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.)