Notable Films: 1887 - 1899

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1. Man Walking Around the Corner (1887)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A frame sequence featuring a man walking around a corner.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Votes: 812

2. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Stars: Annie Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley, Sarah Whitley

Votes: 4,656

3. Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

Documentary, Short

A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Votes: 2,354

4. Accordion Player (1888)

1 min | Short

A very brief film of a man playing the accordion.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Star: Adolphe Le Prince

Votes: 843

5. Pferd und Reiter Springen über ein Hindernis (1888)

1 min | Short

A horse with rider jumping over an obstacle

Director: Ottomar Anschütz

Votes: 126

9. Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Family

One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Giuseppe Sacco Albanese

Votes: 1,047

10. London's Trafalgar Square (1890)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A shot of Trafalgar Square.

Directors: William Carr Crofts, Wordsworth Donisthorpe

Votes: 568

11. Mosquinha (1890)

1 min | Short

Shot of the flight of a fly.

Director: Étienne-Jules Marey

Votes: 260

13. Dickson Greeting (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested in women's clubs and their work and she decided to entertain the Presidents of the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,022

17. Men Boxing (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

Two men wearing boxing gloves prepare to spar in the Edison Company studio.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 689

19. Newark Athlete (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

An athlete swings Indian clubs.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,198

20. Je vous aime (1891)

1 min | Short

Medium close-up of a man saying "Je vous aime".

Director: Georges Demenÿ | Star: Georges Demenÿ

Votes: 186

21. La vague (1891)

1 min | Short

In this early film experiment a wave crashes against a jagged rock.

Director: Étienne-Jules Marey

Votes: 259

22. Two Fencers (1891)

1 min | Short, Sport

Shot of two people fencing.

Director: Étienne-Jules Marey

Votes: 148

23. Le clown et ses chiens (1892)

5 min | Animation, Short

Short film of 300 individually painted images.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 168

24. Pauvre Pierrot (1892)

4 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 1,021

25. Un bon bock (1892)

Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 100

27. Fencing (1892)

1 min | Short, Sport

Two men practicing fencing. Directed by William Dickson and filmed at Thomas Edison's Laboratories in New Jersey. It was an experimental film to test the new kinetoscope. Originally only a ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 327

28. A Hand Shake (1892)

1 min | Short

Two men shake hands for the Kinetograph.

Stars: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 360

31. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Charles Kayser, John Ott

Votes: 1,717

32. Horse Shoeing (1893)

Documentary, Short

One of the pictures to be seen in the machine, for example, was that of a blacksmith shop in which two men were working, one shoeing a horse, the other heating iron at the forge. One would ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 66

33. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 887

34. Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 671

35. Annie Oakley (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog)

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Francis E. Butler, Annie Oakley

Votes: 914

36. Bucking Broncho (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. (from Edison Films)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Frank Hammitt, Lee Martin, Sunfish

Votes: 502

37. Buffalo Bill (1894)

1 min | Short

"The famous army scout in an exhibition of rifle shooting. A fine picture of the principal, and beautiful smoke effects."

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: William F. Cody

Votes: 47

38. Buffalo Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Three Sioux Indians perform a 'buffalo dance', while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Hair Coat, Parts His Hair, Last Horse

Votes: 700

39. Carmencita (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Performing on what looks like a small wooden stage, wearing a dress with a hoop skirt and white high-heeled pumps, Carmencita does a dance with kicks and twirls, a smile always on her face.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Carmencita

Votes: 1,424

41. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Fred Ott

Votes: 1,527

42. Glenroy Bros., No. 2 (1894)

1 min | Short, Comedy

The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete".

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: The Glenroy Brothers, Thomas Glenroy, William Glrenroy

Votes: 337

43. Luis Martinetti, Contortionist (1894)

Unrated | 1 min | Short

Luis Martinetti, a contortionist suspended from acrobatic flying rings, contorts himself for about thirty seconds. This is one of the first films made for Edison's kinetoscopes.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Luis Martinetti

Votes: 479

45. 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: 937

46. Autour d'une cabine (1894)

2 min | Animation, Short

Pre-cinematograph colour animation of a woman and man at the beach.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 647

47. Falling Cat (1894)

1 min | Short

A cat falls down and lands on its feet.

Director: Étienne-Jules Marey

Votes: 567

48. Miss Jerry (1894)

45 min | Romance

The adventures of a female reporter in the 1890s.

Director: Alexander Black | Stars: Blanche Bayliss, William Courtenay, Chauncey Depew

Votes: 70

49. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Music

The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.

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

Votes: 1,689