Most Popular Titles Released 1896-01-01 to 1896-12-31


1. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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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, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 7,172

2. The House of the Devil (1896)

3 min | Short, Horror

6.8
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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: 1,704

3. Coucher de la mariée (1896)

7 min | Short

5.5
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A woman undresses on her wedding night.

Director: Albert Kirchner | Star: Louise Willy

Votes: 56

4. Alarm der Feuerwehr (1896)

Documentary, Short

5.6
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Director: Max Skladanowsky

Votes: 5

5. La fée aux choux (1896)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

5.2
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The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving a strange fairy who can produce and deliver babies coming out of cabbages. Gently ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Alice Guy, Germaine Serand, Yvonne Serand

Votes: 620

6. Conjuring (1896)

Short

6.1
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Boognish the goddemon Wants your soul to perform tricks for him. WEEN is your only salvation.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 35

7. Une nuit terrible (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

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: 646

8. The Kiss (1896)

1 min | Short, Romance

5.9
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Two people kiss.

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

Votes: 2,188

9. Une partie de cartes (1896)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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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. The man serves his friends. They ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 578

10. The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short

6.4
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A woman disappears on stage.

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

Votes: 969

11. The Soldier's Courtship (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.6
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Director: Alfred Moul | Stars: Fred Storey, Julie Seale, Ellen Daws

Votes: 24

12. A Nightmare (1896)

1 min | Short

6.6
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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, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 770

13. 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: 1,657

14. 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: 988

15. Arroseur et arrosé (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Doublier

Votes: 380

16. Revue à Longchamp: défilé de la Garde Républicaine et des pompiers (1896)

1 min | Short

5.2
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A black and white short from the Lumière brothers film of the Republican Guard and firemen at Longchamp.

Votes: 94

17. 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: 556

18. Scene from the Coronation of the Czar of Russia (1896)

2 min | Documentary, Short, News

6.1
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The coronation of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II in Moscow.

Director: Camille Cerf | Stars: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra

Votes: 67

19. Blackton Sketches, No. 3 (1896)

Documentary, Short

6.4
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An artist draws a female figure.

Director: James H. White | Star: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 9

20. Revue à Longchamp: arrivée de M. le Président de la République Félix Faure (1896)

1 min | Short

5.2
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A black and white short from the Lumière brothers documenting the arrival of the President Félix Faure at Longchamp.

Votes: 94

21. Edison Drawn by 'World' Artist (1896)

2 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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Artist draws Thomas Edison.

Director: James H. White | Stars: J. Stuart Blackton, Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 133

22. Ausfahrt nach dem Alarm (1896)

Documentary, Short

6.6
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Director: Max Skladanowsky

Votes: 5

23. Arrivée de l'express (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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A train arrives in Cologne Central Station and employees and travellers are seen on the platform.

Director: Charles Moisson

24. Arrivée du bateau de Douvres à Boulogne (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.5
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A steamer sails into Boulogne-sur-Mer harbor.

Director: Charles Moisson

Votes: 11

25. William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.8
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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, who hands him a telegram, which he ... See full summary »

Stars: William McKinley, George B. Cortelyou, Ida McKinley

Votes: 391

26. Street Scene (I) (1896)

Documentary, Short

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27. Gardener Watering Plants (1896)

Short

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Director: Robert W. Paul

28. The Derby (II) (1896)

Documentary, Short, Sport

5.7
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Votes: 7

29. Gestoorde hengelaar (1896)

Short, Comedy

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Directors: M.H. Laddé, J.W. Merkelbach

30. Childish Quarrel (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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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: 643

31. Arrivée d'un train - Gare de Joinville (1896)

Documentary, Short

6.3
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A steam train of mixed carriages (freight and passenger) arrives at a station and we see the beginnings of passengers leaving then entering the train.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 34

32. Sandow No. 2 (1896)

Short

8.0
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Star: Eugen Sandow

Votes: 5

33. l'Impératrice mère et la grande duchesse [de Turquie] Eugénie [Xénia] en carrosse [Moscou] (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Votes: 12

34. Going Away (1896)

Documentary, Short

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Stars: King Haakon VII, Princess Maud

35. Danse serpentine (II) (1896)

1 min | Short

6.8
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Angelic and demonic serpentine dances from dawn of cinema by the Lumière Brothers film, called the Serpentine Dance. The dancer is Loie Fuller; the pioneer modern dancer. Recorded in 1896 in Paris, and hand-colored frame by frame.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Loie Fuller

Votes: 436

36. The Garden Party on the Lawn (1896)

Documentary, Short

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Stars: King Haakon VII, Princess Maud

37. Revue à Longchamp: charge finale et départ de M. le Président (1896)

1 min | Short

5.2
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A black and white short from the Lumière brothers in which a group of engineers are filmed at the Longchamp parade.

Votes: 93

38. Children at Play No. 1 (1896)

Documentary, Short

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39. Les tribulations d'un concierge (II) (1896)

1 min | Short

5.8
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Votes: 12

40. Opening of the Cardiff Exhibition by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales (1896)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Birt Acres

41. Fred Holder and Family (1896)

Documentary, Short

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Star: Fred Holder

42. L.L. M.M. le Tsar et la Tsarine entrant dans l'église de l'Assomption [Moscou] (1896)

1 min | Short

5.0
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Votes: 12

43. Conjurer Making Ten Hats in Sixty Seconds (1896)

Short, Fantasy

6.0
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 25

44. Nicht mehr allein (1896)

Short

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Director: Max Skladanowsky

45. Great Northern Railroad (1896)

Documentary, Short

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46. Course en sacs (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Several competitors take part in a friendly sack race, with widely varying degrees of success.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 261

47. The Carpenter Shop (1896)

Documentary, Short

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48. Panorama pris depuis une plate-forme mobile (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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Votes: 52

49. Leben und Treiben am Alexanderplatz (1896)

Short

7.0
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Director: Max Skladanowsky

Votes: 7

50. Unter den Linden (1896)

Documentary, Short

5.7
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Director: Max Skladanowsky

Votes: 9