Landmarks of Early Film DVD (1997)

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1.
The Kiss (1896 Short Film)
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Two people kiss. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
2.
Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895 Documentary)
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns. (1 mins.)
 
3.
Sandow, No. 1 (1894 Documentary)
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Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio. (1 mins.)
 
4.
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.
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
The Barbershop (1894 Documentary)
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Customer gets a lightning-fast shave. (1 mins.)
 
7.
Feeding the Doves (1896 Documentary)
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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. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896 Documentary)
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Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit... (1 mins.)
 
15.
Childish Quarrel (1896 Documentary)
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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." (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
Poultry-Yard (1896 Documentary)
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Two girls do one of their chores. Standing alongside a tree-lined farmhouse, two children who are about... (1 mins.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
Partie de cartes (1897 Short Film)
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A card game over drinks with three men, including Antoine Lumiere and Felicien Trewey.
 
23.
New York: Broadway at Union Square (1896 Documentary)
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A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village... (1 mins.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (1896 Documentary)
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"This view was taken upon Mr. McKinley's lawn at his home in Canton, Ohio. Mr. McKinley appears walking across the lawn in company with his Secretary... (1 mins.)
 
26.
Pack Train at Chilkoot Pass (1898 Documentary)
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During the Alaska gold rush, one way to reach the Klondike was over the Chilkoot Pass. A stationary... (1 mins.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
San Francisco: Aftermath of Earthquake (1906 Documentary)
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Footage shot not long after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco is edited together so that more than one scene and more than one vantage are included... (1 mins.)
 
29.
The Dog and His Various Merits (1908 Documentary)
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We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked... (2 mins.)
 
30.
Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (Piloted by M. Cody) (1910 Documentary)
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Mr. Cody arrives by carriage, walks to a barn, and slides open the doors to reveal a large biplane. He pulls it out of the hanger... (4 mins.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905 Short Film)
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The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards... (5 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
33.
The Golden Beetle (1907 Short Film)
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A conjurer with white beard and turban moves about in front of a building with an elaborate facade. He spies a golden beetle... (3 mins.)
 
34.
The Policemen's Little Run (1907 Short Film)
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A policeman spots a dog stealing a piece of meat from a butcher's shop, and gives chase. Soon several more policemen have joined the pursuit. But the chase does not turn out as the policemen expect. (6 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Zecca
 
35.
Troubles of a Grasswidower (1912 Short Film)
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An elegant dandy - he of suit, vest, tie, and top hat - ignores his wife at dinner in favor of his newspaper... (10 mins.)
 
36.
Nero. Or the Fall of Rome. (1909 Short Film)
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Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea... (14 mins.)
Director: Luigi Maggi
 
37.
Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911 Short Film)
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Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style. (7 mins.)
 
38.
The Girl and Her Trust (1912 Short Film)
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Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl... (17 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
39.
Bangville Police (1913 Short Film)
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At a farm near Bangville, the young daughter see strangers in the barn. She quickly rushes to the house and calls the police. The police engage in a haphazard rush across the countryside to get there in time. (8 mins.)
Director: Henry Lehrman