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



1. Rapunzel (1897)

Short, Fantasy

6.9
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Director: Oskar Messter

Votes: 18

2. After the Ball, the Bath (1897)

1 min | Short

5.4
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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: 1,045

3. 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: 792

4. 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: 704

5. 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: 596

6. The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897)

20 min | Documentary, News, Sport

5.2
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The first known feature film! A very unusual filmed record of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight originally ran over 90 minutes in length.

Director: Enoch J. Rector | Stars: James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Billy Madden, George Siler

Votes: 298

7. The Haunted Castle (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

5.7
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A King (played by Georges Méliès) shows up at his new castle where he is haunted.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 264

8. The Hallucinated Alchemist (1897)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

6.1
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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: 136

9. Panorama pris du chemin de fer électrique, I (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 17

10. The Miller and Chimney Sweep (I) (1897)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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In front of a flour mill, two men fight. One is the miller, and he's swinging a bag of flour in the scuffle. The other is a chimney sweep, and he's swinging what may be a bag of flour, but ... See full summary »

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 428

11. The Vanishing Lady (1897)

Short

5.8
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Man in roman costume carves figure of girl in doorway. As he finishes, the statue comes to life. The man expresses great love and desire for her, but every time the man goes to grab the girl she vanishes and reappears somewhere else.

Votes: 146

12. 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: 738

13. 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: 362

14. Peeping Tom (1897)

Short, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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A hotel porter decides to spy on what his guests are doing in their rooms. But as all Peeping Toms are caught eventually, this one gets what he deserves. And it served him right.

Votes: 154

15. The X-Ray Fiend (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

6.1
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A man and woman are flirting when a professor turns on an X-ray machine, revealing their insides. After turning it off again the two have a dispute and break up.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Tom Green

Votes: 512

16. Butterfly Dance (1897)

Short

6.5
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"As performed by Annabelle, the famous premier danseuse. A charmingly graceful representation of the light and airy flight of a butterfly. Beautiful when colored."

Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 97

17. La bandera argentina (1897)

3 min | Short

7.2
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The Argentinian flag waving at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.

Director: Eugene Py

Votes: 15

18. Les cambrioleurs (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

5.0
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Alice Guy's brief THE BURGLARS takes a classic cops-and-robbers set-up and places it upon the roofs of Paris circa late-1800s (albeit a Méliès-like set that approximates the city skyline). ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 176

19. Le pêcheur dans le torrent (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

5.2
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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: 203

20. The Dancing Skeleton (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

6.1
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Skeleton lumiere's dance.

Votes: 87

21. 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: 257

22. 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: 1,269

23. The Village (1897)

Short, Comedy

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A barber creams his customer carelessly and pulls a strop attached to the customer's throat like a snare. He then stirs wildly as the customer's head is hit, get scratched, and finally rushes up out of the chair. A fight arises.

Director: Ernest Florman

24. 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: 266

25. Football (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.5
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 213

26. Woman Turning and Walking Upstairs (1897)

Animation, Short

6.1
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A series of images by Eadweard Muybridge, featuring a nude model turning and walking upstairs.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 16

27. 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: 272

28. Palestine 1896 (1897)

2 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 117

29. Laveuses sur la rivière (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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Women washing their clothes by the river.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 354

30. Death of Marat (1897)

1 min | Short, History

5.0
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Director: Georges Hatot

Votes: 114

31. 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: 411

32. Chicago Police Parade (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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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: 422

33. Faust et Marguerite (1897)

Short

5.5
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Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Jehanne d'Alcy

Votes: 27

34. Baignade dans le torrent (1897)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 202

35. Dewars Scotch Whiskey (1897)

1 min | Short

4.4
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A line of giddy, possibly drunk men, dressed in Scottish highland outfits, perform a disorderly dance routine in front of a sign advertising the product of the title. This film is often described as the first filmed advertisement.

Votes: 263

36. Faust: apparition de Méphistophélès (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

4.7
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Votes: 115

37. Descente de la grande pyramide (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 47

38. 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: 381

39. Comic Face (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.3
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An old man gets progressively livelier - and drunker - as he downs his bottle of beer. Finally, he cocks a snook - and doesn't bother to uncock it as he continues to drink.

Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Tom Green

Votes: 224

40. 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: 42

41. Chez le magnétiseur (1897)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.2
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 197

42. Épisodes de guerre (1897)

Short

5.8
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 6

43. Horicky pasijovy film (1897)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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A record of a theatre performance called Horicke pasije (Passion of Horice). This is about about life (birth and death) of Jesus Christ performed by local actors.

Director: W.B. Hurd

44. Place du Pont (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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A short documentary with a fixed camera filming traffic on a street in Lyon.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 242

45. A Twentieth Century Surgeon (1897)

2 min | Short

5.9
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A derelict discovers that a surgeon performing unnatural experiments has replaced his body.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 9

46. Panorama pris du chemin de fer électrique, II (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 8

47. Pompiers: un incendie, II (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 25

48. Dance, Franchonetti Sisters (1897)

Short

4.5
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"The French quadrille dance by a popular team of vaudeville artists."

Votes: 79

49. Pillow Fight (1897)

Comedy, Short

5.0
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"A comic subject, clear, bright and characteristic. Shows four girls in their night dresses, engaged in an animated pillow fight. During the action the pillows become torn, and the feathers... See full summary »

Director: William Heise

Votes: 210

50. Salida de misa de doce del Pilar de Zaragoza (1897)

Documentary, Short

4.7
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Short documentary where people come out of a church in Zaragoza.

Director: Eduardo Jimeno

Votes: 89


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