Best Picture 1904

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1. The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904)

Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Action, Adventure

Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jehanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 3,332

2. The Ex-Convict (1904)

Not Rated | 8 min | Drama, Short

A recently released prisoner struggles to support his family.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 192

3. 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

Votes: 566

4. Maniac Chase (1904)

8 min | Short, Comedy

A "madman" escapes prison and the torments of his warders.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 128

5. The Living Playing Cards (1905)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

With a brand-new deck of playing cards in his hand, an elegantly-attired thaumaturge, by fire and the pure power of illusion, transforms a plain nine of spades card into a full-size Queen of Hearts.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,410

8. The Cook in Trouble (1904)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 779

9. The Wonderful Living Fan (1904)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

The king of France receives a marvelous fan. The fan opens to reveal plain lace. This lace becomes pictures of women which then come to life an move in unison as their clothing changes.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 577

10. How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns (1904)

Not Rated | 8 min | Comedy, Short

A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper. In the ad, he invites any well-to-do young woman who is interested in ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 245

11. Barcelona Park at Twilight (1904)

2 min | Documentary, Short

Segundo de Chomon documents a park in Barcelona, filming its extensive area, filled with trees and some constructions around. The innovation here is that instead of obtaining immobile ... See full summary »

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 141

12. The Firefall (1904)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short

A short film from Georges Méliès in which two servants are arguing when suddenly the devil makes an appearance.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 286

13. Audley Range School, Blackburn (2021)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Rows of schoolchildren march forward and perform simple exercise routines before marching off.

Votes: 82

15. European Rest Cure (1904)

Not Rated | 17 min | Comedy, Short

An American tourist has a terrible ordeal on his European vacation.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 203

16. Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjuror (1904)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

As we are treated with a rare appearance from a true master of the miraculous Asian thaumaturgy, a fine display of multiplication commences, and a serene young geisha completes the enchantment. What does the Chinese conjurer have in mind?

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 756

17. Decapitation in Turkey (1904)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

In a public place in Constantinople at the corner of a bazaar, the executioner is seated upon a stone and is resting from his daily labors while eating a crust of bread. Suddenly there come... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 413

18. A Moonlight Serenade; or, The Miser Punished (1904)

3 min | Short

Pierrot comes to a miser's house to serenade his lover but he kicks him out. The lady on the moon offers him her hand. He serenades her till the greedy miser comes out and attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: André Deed, Georges Méliès

Votes: 208

19. The Enchanted Trunk (1904)

3 min | Short, Fantasy

A medieval magician performs a magic show involving a long ornate trunk in which he makes his assistants appear, disappear, and transform into other people.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 177

20. Japanese Acrobats (1904)

2 min | Documentary, Short

A Japanese juggler performs some marvelous juggling feats with a boy. Lying on his back on the floor, he spins the boy with his feet and makes him turn numerous somersaults.

Votes: 84

21. Rum vs. Cherries (1904)

4 min | Short, Drama

A barmaid plies a swell with smiles and with cherries from a box that's just been delivered. When she refuses a cherry to a roughly-dressed tradesman who runs a tab at the bar, he pays off ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 359

22. Krunisanje Kralja Petra I Karadjordjevica (1904)

33 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary chronicling the coronation of King Peter the First of Serbia.

Director: Frank S. Mottershaw

Votes: 162

23. The Mermaid (1904)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Fantasy

A magician conjures up a mermaid while fishing.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,048

25. The Suburbanite (1904)

9 min | Comedy, Short

A family moves out to the 'peaceful' suburbs where everything goes wrong, including the mother-in-law moving in.

Votes: 234

26. Panorama Exterior Westinghouse Works (1904)

6 min | Documentary, Short

The view from a moving train shows some of the Westinghouse interests and the surrounding areas. It appears that the film is in two parts and has been incorrectly spliced together with the ... See full summary »

Votes: 108

27. The Untamable Whiskers (1904)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

Through a rapid succession of drawings, ingenious disguises and soft dissolves, the director portrays a quick-sketch artist who transforms to various characters according to the static outlines on his chalkboard.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,042

28. A Butterfly's Metamorphosis (1904)

2 min | Short

A caterpillar climbs up a plant and is encased in a cocoon. It morphs into a butterfly, which then morphs into a dancer.

Director: Gaston Velle

Votes: 109

29. Assembling a Generator (1904)

3 min | Documentary, Short

A group of men work on various parts of a large generator, assembling the pieces. A crane carries a large piece of the generator over to the rest of the machine, and the men guide it down ... See full summary »

Votes: 182

30. Assembling and Testing Turbines (1904)

3 min | Documentary, Short

A turbine is shown operating. Two men walk up to it, check the running of various parts on it, and write their findings down on paper. A third man is seen walking through a few times, once ... See full summary »

Votes: 173

31. Princess Rajah Dance (1904)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A woman stands in front of a building, a chair to her left, dressed in black, full skirt, quarter sleeves, and a scooped bodice. Her hair is piled high. She bows slightly, and, with ... See full summary »

Director: A.E. Weed

Votes: 147

32. A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre (1904)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Drama

A man runs out the stage door of a burlesque theater, followed by billowing smoke. Firefighters run up. One places a ladder up to a second-story window beside the door, and he helps several... See full summary »

Votes: 232

33. Troubles of a Manager of a Burlesque Show (1904)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

Facing a stationary camera, sitting at a desk, a man works busily. Posters of burlesque queens are on the wall behind him. A single woman, followed later by later two others, comes into the... See full summary »

Votes: 207

34. Dog Factory (1904)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

A brief vaudeville-style demonstration of a "Dog Transformator," a machine that instantly turns dogs into sausages, and amazingly, sausages back into dogs.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 372

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