Released between 1897-01-01 and 1897-12-31, France (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. After the Ball, the Bath (1897)

1 min | Short

5.3
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The first film to ever show a nudity scene on screen is a simple presentation of a servant preparing a bath for another woman.

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

Votes: 1,061

2. The Bewitched Inn (1897)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

6.5
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At a solitary cheap inn, a distant traveller overcome with fatigue has a close encounter with the supernatural.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 714

3. Danse serpentine (II) (1897)

1 min | Short

6.9
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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: 600

4. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short, Horror

6.4
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Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 804

5. Jerusalem, Jaffa Gate, East Side (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière, Alexandre Promio

Votes: 140

6. Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A train is leaving a railway station at the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the very end of the train a barren, rocky landscape is seen, and some ruins of very old buildings,. Five men walk ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Alexandre Promio

Votes: 744

7. Snowball Fight (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

6.7
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Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,282

8. The Devil's Laboratory (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

5.5
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"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 44

9. Au réfectoire (1897)

Short, Comedy

6.4
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 5

10. The Surrender of Tournavos (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, War

5.5
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In one of his numerous reconstructed newsreels, the indefatigable French director, Georges Méliès, reenacts a fictional scene taking place in a fort at Tyrnavos during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 386

11. The Hallucinated Alchemist (1897)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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Misidentified as The Mysterious Retort (1906), sadly, this film is currently presumed lost; however, according to Wikipedia, an anthropomorphous star with five female heads and a giant face has people coming out of its mouth.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 138

12. La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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Early Louis Lumière short film (July 1895) showing workers leaving the Lumière factory in Lyon at quitting time.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 82

13. The Last Cartridges (1897)

1 min | Short, War

5.3
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An incident of the Franco-Prussian War. It shows the bombardment of a house at Bazeille. It is the animated reproduction of de Neuville's celebrated painting.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 269

14. Niagara Falls (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A stationary camera looks west across Niagara Falls from the United States' side (the Niagara River rushes toward the falls from right to left). Virtually overlooking the falls and ... See full summary »

Votes: 364

15. Faust: apparition de Méphistophélès (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

4.7
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Votes: 114

16. Vente d'esclaves au harem (1897)

Short

5.8
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 12

17. L'assassinat du duc de Guise (1897)

1 min | Short, History

5.4
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The Duke of Guise is worried about the king's evil intentions. A lady warns the duke, considering it appropriate that he should not go to the council. The king summons him and the guards stab him.

Director: Georges Hatot

Votes: 67

18. Naval Combat in Greece (1897)

1 min | Short

5.1
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Under bombardment, five sailors load and fire a cannon on a naval ship, as their captain supervises.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 258

19. Between Calais and Dover (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

5.5
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Using the same rocking effect previously employed in "Combat naval en Grèce (1897)", the director Georges Méliès recreates the illusion of a small ship in a tempest.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Joseph Grapinet, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 417

20. Idylle interrompue (1897)

Short, Comedy

4.4
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 5

21. Épisodes de guerre (1897)

Short

5.9
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 7

22. Baignade dans le torrent (1897)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 202

23. Sur les toits (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.2
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A woman's home is forcibly invaded by robbers, and a clumsy law enforcement officer tries to detain the thieves.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 267

24. Football (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.5
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 214

25. A Twentieth Century Surgeon (1897)

2 min | Short

5.7
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A derelict discovers that a surgeon performing unnatural experiments has replaced his body.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 11

26. Chez le magnétiseur (1897)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.2
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 198

27. Danse Tyrolienne (1897)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Director: Constant Girel

Votes: 65

28. Coolies à Saïgon (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Director: Constant Girel

Votes: 82

29. Death of Marat (1897)

1 min | Short, History

4.9
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Director: Georges Hatot

Votes: 114

30. Serpentine Dance: Loïe Fuller (1897)

1 min | Short

6.2
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Director: Georges Demenÿ | Star: Loie Fuller

Votes: 78

31. L'arroseur arrosé (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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A gardener is watering some plants. A small boy stops the flow of water and the gardener looks into his hose. The boy starts the water again, and the gardener is soaked. He fights with the boy.

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 274

32. Une rue à Tokyo (1897)

1 min | Short

5.5
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Flow of pedestrians and cycles rickshaw in a street of Tokyo.

Director: Constant Girel

Votes: 24

33. La nourrice et le soldat amoureux (1897)

1 min | Romance, Short

5.6
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Soldiers try to defend themselves inside of a crumbling shack.

Director: Georges Hatot

Votes: 7

34. Le pêcheur dans le torrent (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

5.1
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It could be said that the essence of comedy is the misfortune of others. Among other things, of course. In THE FISHERMAN AT THE STREAM, our fisherman is set upon by a band of swimmers (for ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 204

35. Douche après le bain (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.3
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A black and white short film of children having a water fight.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Édouard Lumière, Louise Willy

Votes: 254

36. Colleurs d'affiches (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.3
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A black in white short in which a man applies a movie poster to the side of a building wall.

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 211

37. Constantinople, panorama de la corne d'or (1897)

1 min | Short

5.9
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 67

38. Transport d'une tourelle par un attelage de 60 chevaux (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A short film which documents a team of horses pulling a large circular structure.

Votes: 200

39. Espagne: Courses de taureaux (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 38

40. Slagsmål i gamla Stockholm (1897)

1 min | Short

4.3
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In 17th-century Sweden, two soldiers battle over the affections of a girl.

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 12

41. Panorama pris du chemin de fer électrique, IV (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 16

42. Lyon, travaux au canal de Jonage: Machine à damer (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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The film documents the public works during the construction of this hydro-electric canal on the Rhône river in France, namely the use of a steam-roller.

Votes: 157

43. Danse fleur de lotus (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 87

44. Palestine 1896 (1897)

2 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 118

45. Pompiers: un incendie, II (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 26

46. Entrée d'une noce à l'église (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.0
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A short film documenting the marriage procession with a bride and her father.

Votes: 195

47. Dragons: maniement du sabre (1897)

1 min | Short

4.8
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Votes: 12

48. Discussion (1897)

Short

3.8
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 12

50. Victor Hugo et les principaux personnages des 'Misérables' (1897)

1 min | Short

5.0
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Votes: 56


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