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1. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 863

2. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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.

Star: The Glenroy Brothers

Votes: 637

3. Sandow, No. 1 (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio.

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

Votes: 908

4. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,250

5. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière | Stars: Madeleine Koehler, Marcel Koehler, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 8,168

6. Barque sortant du port (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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 | Stars: Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 932

7. Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 4,912

8. Baby's Dinner (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 2,347

9. Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

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: 3,570

10. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 566

11. Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 1,610

12. Transformation by Hats (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

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 | Star: Félicien Trewey

Votes: 859

14. Baths at Milan, Italy (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A large pool in Milan has diving boards set at different heights. As some people watch from along the pool's edge, others enjoy themselves by diving into the pool, using a variety of different styles.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 88

15. Blackfriars Bridge (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

An actuality record of Blackfriars Bridge, London, taken from the southern end looking northwards over the Thames by R.W.Paul in July 1896. It was screened as part of his Alhambra Theatre ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 190

16. Loading a Boiler (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A stationary camera placed amidships looks toward the round end of a 10- or 12-foot boiler that's been loaded onto the open deck. Three men climb down from atop the boiler and then remove ... See full summary »

Votes: 243

17. Partie de cartes (1897)

Short

A card game over drinks with three men, including Antoine Lumiere and Felicien Trewey.

Director: Leopoldo Fregoli | Star: Leopoldo Fregoli

Votes: 349

18. Carmaux, défournage du coke (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

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 »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 578

19. Childish Quarrel (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

"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 | Stars: Andrée Lumière, Suzanne Lumière

Votes: 701

20. Children Digging for Clams (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give ... See full summary »

Votes: 288

21. Comic Costume Race (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Amongst the most interesting of these is that representing the scene of the music hall sports at Herne-Hill. The particular event depicted is the costume race, and the manner in which the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 100

22. Démolition d'un mur (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,842

23. The Derby (I) (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

The Derby is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's Kinetoscopes, featuring the end of the 29 ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 245

24. Dragoons Crossing the Sâone (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

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: 475

25. Feeding the Doves (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

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: 683

26. The Arrest of a Bookmaker (1895)

1 min | Short, Crime

Bookmaker struggles with police and is arrested.

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 111

27. Gondola Party (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A group of friends in Venice is just completing a trip in a gondola. When the boat stops, they help one another out of it. Some of the passengers have left personal items behind in the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Moisson

Votes: 66

28. The House of the Devil (1896)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Horror

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

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

Votes: 2,030

29. Hyde Park Bicycling Scene (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Many of the cyclists are women, and wearing skirts. Although women had been riding bicycles since the 1880s, it was only towards the end of the 1890s that they could do so comfortably ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 92

30. The Kiss (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Romance

In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.

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

Votes: 2,451

31. Lion, London Zoological Garden (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

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: 515

32. New York: Broadway at Union Square (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village. As streetcars pass with rapid regularity, two police officers make sure ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 537

33. New York, Brooklyn Bridge (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A stationary camera is set at a curve in the train tracks, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. From the bridge, a four-car streetcar approaches and turns to he viewer's left. As it ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 265

34. The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,096

35. Une partie de cartes (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Biography

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: Octavie Huvier, Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 674

36. Chicago Police Parade (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Walking four abreast, in groups of six rows, 144 of Chicago's finest parade past a stationary camera. Each of the six groups that pass is escorted by an officer. All are men, all are white,... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 390

37. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 326

38. Post No Bills (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

Two bill posters argue as an incompetent guard patrols the area.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 257

39. Poultry-Yard (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

Two girls do one of their chores. Standing alongside a tree-lined farmhouse, two children who are about ten and four years old toss grain to a flock of about 50 domesticated ducks. A woman ... See full summary »

Votes: 444

40. Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

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, two mules pull a large cart full of children, ... See full summary »

Votes: 463

41. Royal Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

The insignia visible on the train identifies it as Queen Victoria's own personal conveyance, and the presence of the monarch (or at least a very senior member of the Royal Family) is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 76

42. Sack Race (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

"A number of boys bound to the neck in sacks, racing for prize. There are several falls and many comical antics."

Votes: 21

43. A Sea Cave Near Lisbon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

The water beats relentlessly against the Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), one of the main natural attractions of Lisbon's west coast, filmed from above almost in a vertical plunge onto the deep, rocky ground.

Director: Henry Short

Votes: 112

44. Serpentine Dance by Annabelle (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 218

45. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Several little boys run along a pier, then jump into the ocean.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 882

46. Une nuit terrible (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

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: 771

47. The Twins' Tea Party (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

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: 136

48. Two AM; or, The Husband's Return (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

Husband comes home late and wakes the wife.

Director: Robert W. Paul | Stars: Paul Clerget, Miss Ross-Selwicke

Votes: 104

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

1 min | Short, Horror

As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

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

Votes: 1,134

50. On Westminster Bridge (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 81