The Dawn of Film (1878-1929)by bjm-975-850236 | created - 29 Aug 2012 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
The motion pictures that molded the film industry.
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1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.
2. The Great Train Robbery (1904)
The first scene shows the chief as he explains to his followers the plan of the great train robbery. Two masked robbers enter and compel the operator to stop the approaching train. They ... See full summary »
3. A Trip to the Moon (1914)
Animation, Short, Comedy
Two members of the Never-Drop Aero Club claim that they can reach the moon by the aeroplane. They get an astronomer to get his telescope out and see how the conditions are on the moon. He ... See full summary »
Director: Vincent Whitman
4. Greed (1924)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.
Votes: 8,041 | Gross: $0.16M
9. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War
The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
Votes: 19,596 | Gross: $10.00M
10. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 136,738 | Gross: $0.03M
12. Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005 Video)
730 min | Documentary
A history of the Edison Company, the pioneering film production company begun by Thomas A. Edison. Included are more than 140 complete films produced by the company between 1891 and 1918, ... See full summary »
13. Wings (1927)
PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
Votes: 9,667 | Gross: $6.59M
Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style.
20. 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
26. 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
27. 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
28. A Chess Dispute (1903)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy
A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting... See full summary »
30. As Seen Through a Telescope (1900)
1 min | Short, Comedy
An elderly gentleman in a silk hat sits on a stool in front of a store on the main street of town. He has a telescope that he focuses on the ankle of a young woman who is a short distance ... See full summary »
Director: George Albert Smith
33. Alice in Wonderland (1903)
8 min | Fantasy, Short
Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »
36. The Basilisk (1914)
28 min | Short, Horror
A mesmerist, obsessed with putting a beautiful woman under his power, hypnotizes her to try to force her to kill her fiance. His plans are altered with the appearance of a deadly serpent.
37. La guerra ed il sogno di Momi (1917)
37 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy
An old man explains a war story to his grandson, who sleeps and dreams about a battle scenes performed by puppets.
Director: Segundo de Chomón
39. Metamorphoses (1912)
The most famous magician is outdone in this film, for, by the simple means of a wand and an empty glass, toys are transformed into animals, animals into flowers and flowers into a bevy of beautiful girls.
41. La roue (1923)
273 min | Drama
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally ... See full summary »
42. J'accuse! (1919)
Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Horror, War
The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.
43. The Dog and His Various Merits (1908)
Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Documentary
We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked inside a large wire wheel; the dog runs inside the wheel, turning it to run a machine.... See full summary »
44. À la conquête du pôle (1912)
Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor Maboul demonstrates for them the innovative equipment that he has designed for the ... See full summary »
45. 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.
46. An Interesting Story (1904)
Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy
The adventures of an inattentive man. He's at his kitchen table, reading. A woman brings his hat and points to the clock. He continues reading and pours coffee into his hat. He leaves, ... See full summary »
Director: James Williamson
47. Fire! (1901)
5 min | Drama, Short