Best Picture 1901

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1. Bluebeard (1901)

12 min | Short, Horror

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon

Votes: 1,197

2. The Magician and the Human Pump (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

In this trickery extravaganza, Excelsior, the wizard of illusion, pulls out a handkerchief from his pocket, and after that, everything is possible in his rare and spectacular show.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 366

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

3 min | Short, Comedy

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

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,979

4. Panoramic View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901)

3 min | Documentary, Short

This film is part of the Mitchell and Kenyon collection - an amazing visual record of everyday life in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wave to Morecambe's seasiders in ... See full summary »

Votes: 106

5. The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy

Right in front of our very eyes, two attractive and feminine women metamorphose into two professional wrestlers who begin a no-holds-barred wrestling match.

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

Votes: 713

6. A Photographic Contortion (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

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: 1,174

7. Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (1901)

Unrated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days.

Director: Frederick S. Armitage

Votes: 739

8. Hat of Many Surprises (1901)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

The picture opens showing a gentleman in full evening dress costume. Removing his opera hat and cloak, he leaves the hat on the table and by a few passes causes it to assume immense ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 184

9. The House of Mystery (1901)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

In a mysterious cavern, a magician performs a magic show that includes a dancing skeleton and a woman who is levitated.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 191

10. Magical Sword (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 82

11. The Christmas Dream (1901)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Fantasy

The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home. His children, assisted by their governess, are about to retire. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 244

12. The Bachelor's Paradise (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short

A bachelor meets with a magician to conjure the perfect mate.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 182

13. Troubles in a Tenement House (1901)

2 min | Short

This picture shows the ground floor and also the first floor front of a modern lodging house. In the lower room the landlord and his lady are having dinner, while above them four young men ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 170

14. Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901)

11 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

It's Christmas Eve. The miser Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit finish their work in the office and go home. When Scrooge is going to open his front door, he sees the face of Marley's ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth | Star: Daniel Smith

Votes: 261

15. The Devil and the Statue (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 411

16. Stop Thief! (1901)

2 min | Short, Action, Comedy

A hungry vagabond snatches a wrapped leg of lamb and jumps into a large wooden barrel to hide. Will he get away scot-free?

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 422

17. The Artist's Dilemma (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 144

18. The Dwarf and the Giant (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

Georges Méliès plays the main character, as he splits into two versions of himself, and changes size.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 203

19. History of a Crime (1901)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Jean Liézer, Bretteau, Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 466

20. The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

A Brahmin comes upon a giant caterpillar, which turns into a cross between a butterfly and a girl: the Brahmin finally turns into a caterpillar.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 275

22. Ride on the Tramcar Through Belfast (1901)

2 min | Documentary, Short

These strikingly sharp scenes from Belfast present familiar thoroughfares including Bedford Street and Donegall Place. Fashionable residents peruse upmarket shops and we also glimpse ... See full summary »

Votes: 76

27. Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

In this short silent film, we see Charmion an early vaudeville strongwomen, perform her famous Trapeze disrobing act. During the Victorian era, Charmion believed in promoting physical culture and dress reform for women.

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charmion

Votes: 215

29. Fire! (1901)

5 min | Drama, Short

Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man... See full summary »

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 451

30. Preston Egg Rolling (1901)

3 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Votes: 54

31. Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 420

32. Panorama of Esplanade by Night (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A most perfect picture of the Pan-American Exposition buildings, including the Electric Tower and Temple of Music, as they appear at night.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 104

34. Off to Bloomingdale Asylum (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

Clowns ride in on a wagon drawn by a skeletal horse. The clowns proceed to transform from blackface performers to white costumed clowns, and back again, as they perform zany antics.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 145

36. The Wonderful Baby Incubator (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

An up to date idea and a great picture. The professor sits in his laboratory with his newly invented baby incubator. A mother who is anxious for the growth of her child enters, places her ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 94

37. Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)

4 min | Short, Drama, History

This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States. Some versions offer additional footage at... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 235

38. High Diving Scene (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A daredevil rides his bicycle down a ramp and attempts to land in a pool of water as a crowd of spectators watches.

Votes: 88

39. An Extraordinary Dislocation (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The funniest of all mystical pictures yet produced. Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: André Deed

Votes: 276

40. Pendlebury Colliery (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Votes: 55

41. Rêve et réalité (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A well-dressed middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

Director: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 374

42. Circular Panorama of Electric Tower (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presents the most perfect and diversified views of the ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 334

45. The Haunted Curiosity Shop (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An old proprietor is startled by the sudden appearance of a skull. Just as he draws back from the uncanny object, the doors of a mediaeval wardrobe fly back and a hand prods him with a ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 249

46. What Came Out of the Cheese; or, The Lilliputians in a New York Restaurant (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

jovial looking man is seated nearest the window of a restaurant. He has just finished his meal and the waiter brings a glass of beer, and when he places the glass upon the table, lo, a ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 73

47. A Perilous Proceeding (1901)

Documentary, Short

Workmen on a New York skyscraper descending from the roof by means of a derrick. This picture was taken by means of a special apparatus which enabled the camera to follow the men as they were lowered to the ground.

Votes: 35

48. Artistic Creation (1901)

Short

Pierrot draws a lady in sections, and the parts come alive.

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 85

49. Undressing Extraordinary (1901)

3 min | Comedy, Short

Here we present a picture that simply convulses an audience with laughter. The scene opens in the bedroom of a hotel. A traveler appears, evidently a "little worse for wear." After ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 78

51. The Old Maid Having Her Picture Taken (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

An old maid is walking about the studio while the photographer is getting his camera ready. She first looks at a hanger, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand her ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Gilbert Saroni

Votes: 167

52. The Gordon Sisters Boxing (1901)

2 min | Action, Short, Documentary