Best Picture 1899

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1. Cinderella (1899)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Family

A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmelli, Jehanne d'Alcy

Votes: 1,437

2. The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,001

3. A Turn of the Century Illusionist (1899)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

A magician and his assistant perform numerous magic acts.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 941

4. Summoning the Spirits (1899)

1 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A magician presents a wreath which in turn transforms into other things.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 376

5. Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame.

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

Votes: 676

6. A Kiss in the Tunnel (I) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel.

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

Votes: 1,403

7. The Kiss in the Tunnel (II) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Similar to A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), this remake omits the phantom ride scenes and chooses to portray a significantly steamier, more prolonged, and more explicit passion between a young couple. Surely, this is a kiss to remember.

Director: James Bamforth

Votes: 376

8. Upside Down; or, The Human Flies (1899)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

A Spiritualist causes a group of table-turners to walk upside down on the ceiling.

Director: Walter R. Booth | Star: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 146

9. La petite fille et son chat (1899)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which documents the activities of a little girl and her cat.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Madeleine Koehler

Votes: 533

10. L'affaire Dreyfus (1899)

13 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 533

11. Dreyfus Meets His Wife at Rennes (1899)

1 min | Short

Captain Dreyfus is reunited with his wife after being falsely imprisoned.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 219

12. Disembarking at Quiberon (1899)

1 min | Short

Captain Dreyfus gets off the ship at Quiberon during the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 220

13. Suicide of Colonel Henry (1899)

1 min | Short

Major Hubert-Joseph Henry commits suicide, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 241

14. The Devil's Island (1899)

1 min | Short

Former Captain Alfred Dreyfus paces in his prison, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 218

15. The Fight of Reporters at the Lycée (1899)

1 min | Short

A fight breaks out between reporters, as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 215

16. Dreyfus Put in Irons (1899)

1 min | Short, Biography

Captain Dreyfus is placed in leg irons as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 205

17. The Court Martial at Rennes (1899)

2 min | Short

In this, the 10th episodes of The Dreyfus Affair docudrama, court-martial proceedings continue. Cross-questioning occurs, and Captain Dreyfus argues with the judges.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 197

18. Dreyfus allant du lycée de Rennes à la prison (1899)

1 min | Short, Drama, History

One of eleven installments of The Dreyfus Affair (L'affaire Dreyfus), a docudrama reconstructing the historical Dreyfus Affair, which was still playing out as the series was being filmed.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 39

19. The Attempt Against the Life of Maitre Labori (1899)

1 min | Short

A dramatization of a real event, in which Fernand Labori, defense lawyer for Captain Dreyfus in the Dreyfus Affair, was shot and wounded in the back by an unknown assailant who escaped.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 209

20. Dreyfus Court Martial - Arrest of Dreyfus (1899)

1 min | Short, Drama, History

Dictation of the statement of Captain Dreyfus in reference to the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal that rocked France from 1894 to 1906.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 190

21. Le chevalier mystère (1899)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head, removes it from the blackboard, and it turns into life and bows and smiles ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 452

22. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A magician has a picture frame set up. He then proceeds to make a second version of himself appear inside it.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 474

23. The Human Pyramid (1899)

1 min | Short

Men are magically created and transformed in order to create a human pyramid.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 228

24. Panorama of Calcutta (1899)

2 min | Documentary, Short

This is one of the earliest films to be shot in India - it was filmed in 1899. The film apparently shows the Kolkata (Calcutta) ghats as seen from the perspective of a boat travelling along... See full summary »

Votes: 122

25. In the Grip of the Blizzard (1899)

2 min | Documentary, Short

"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, ... See full summary »

Votes: 123

27. Défilé de voitures de bébés à la pouponnière de Paris (1899)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A long line of nurses pushing carts with their babies enter from the far right, cross a garden in front of the large nursery home, and leave by the close left to the camera. A few toddlers ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 344

29. The Biter Bit (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

Two men work in a large garden, one of them watering with a hose and wearing a boater. A young man in apron and cap sneaks into the scene, hides behind a bush, and kinks the hose. The man ... See full summary »

Director: James Bamforth

Votes: 310

30. A Wringing Good Joke (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

"Grandpa sits nodding in his armchair in the kitchen, where a sout, jolly washerwoman is washing clothes. While the woman leaves the tub to talk to a book agent, a small boy enters, and ... See full summary »

Director: James H. White

Votes: 160

31. La bonne absinthe (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A customer places an order at a cafe. While reading his newspaper he doesn't pay attention to the bottles brought by the waiter.

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 231

32. King John (1899)

5 min | Short, Drama

King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way.

Directors: Walter Pfeffer Dando, William K.L. Dickson, Herbert Beerbohm Tree | Stars: Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Dora Tulloch, Charles Sefton, J. Fisher White

Votes: 421

33. Au cabaret (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

Everyone knows that mixing gambling and liquor can produce unexpected and occasionally dangerous results. As true today as it was back in the late-1800s (when this dramatic short subject was made).

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 195

34. A Camp Smithy (1899)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Sir Robert Ashe

Votes: 73

35. New Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge, No. 2 (1899)

Documentary, Short

"This is a new negative showing the entire trip from Brooklyn to New York, in which the immense towers stand out clear and distinct against the sky. Positively the best picture of the Brooklyn Bridge yet secured."

Votes: 77

36. 104th Street Curve, New York, Elevated Railway (1899)

2 min | Documentary, Short

"Taken from the front platform of a special train run backward over this celebrated S curve. Not only are the passing trains and crowded platforms of great interest, but the view of uptown ... See full summary »

Director: James H. White

Votes: 120



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