The Movies Begin - A Treasury of Early Cinema 1894-1913

by bderoes | created - 23 Mar 2012 | updated - 14 Dec 2017 | Public

Kino 5-disk set, released Feb 2002 http://www.kinolorber.com/video.php?product_id=694

27.Apr.2015 update to make corrections documented by Trent Allgood (thank you!), to add menu information for various titles, and, best of all, to add the 10 'unadvertised bonus' titles found on Volume 2 (right arrow on 2nd menu; they are NOT included in the Play All option!) [minor rant: I hope Easter Eggs have been abandoned in home video production by now.]

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1. Homage to Eadweard Muybridge (1994)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short

David Hanson edits together 11 separate photo series done between 1877 and 1885 by Eadweard Muybridge to make 11 short films. Most are of women moving: upstairs, downstairs, setting down a ... See full summary »

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 135

Volume 1, Series Photography 1880s

2. The Kiss (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Romance

In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.

Director: William Heise | Stars: May Irwin, John C. Rice

Votes: 3,298

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

3. Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 2,137

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

4. Sandow: The Strong Man (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: 1,148

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

5. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete", which depicts a boxer with a classic style trying to contend with an opponent who uses a very unorthodox approach.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: The Glenroy Brothers

Votes: 780

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

6. Cock Fight (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two roosters fight while two men make bets in the background. No (onscreen) deaths of the animals involved.

Votes: 298

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

7. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 1,077

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

8. Feeding the Doves (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 842

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

9. Seminary Girls (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

"A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself *very* conspicuous by crawling under a bed."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 853

Volume 1, Edison Shorts 1894-97

10. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Several little boys run along a pier, then jump into the ocean.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,288

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

11. Children Digging for Clams (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give ... See full summary »

Votes: 386

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

12. Loading a Boiler (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A stationary camera placed amidships looks toward the round end of a 10- or 12-foot boiler that's been loaded onto the open deck. Three men climb down from atop the boiler and then remove ... See full summary »

Votes: 326

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

13. Dragoons Crossing the Sâone (2016)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A stationary camera looks across Burgundy's River Sâone toward a small military encampment. Four horsemen enter the water in the foreground, each riding his horse as it swims across toward ... See full summary »

Votes: 580

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

14. Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit, two mules pull a large cart full of children, ... See full summary »

Votes: 578

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

15. Childish Quarrel (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

"Two babies are shown seated in high chairs and apparently enjoying themselves. Suddenly one snatches a toy from the other, and they indulge in hair-pulling."

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Andrée Lumière, Suzanne Lumière

Votes: 874

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

16. Lion, London Zoological Garden (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A male lion, right next to bars that are about 6 or 8 inches apart, keenly watches a uniformed zoo attendant toss small morsels of food into the cage. The lion alternates between finding ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 645

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

17. Photographe (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

A photographer has his camera all set up to take a gentleman's picture. The subject checks his face in a hand mirror, and the photographer poses him. Just as the photographer is about to ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Clément Maurice

Votes: 460

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

18. Transformation by Hats, Comic View (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

The transformation of the same character in six different characters. A vision of the act of transformation.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Félicien Trewey

Votes: 1,084

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

19. Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

Carmaux is in south-central France, near the Tarn River. As a brick of coke, about four feet high and three feet wide, is gradually pushed out of a smelter into a yard, one worker sprays it... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 732

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

20. Poultry-Yard (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

Two girls do one of their chores. Standing alongside a tree-lined farmhouse, two children who are about ten and four years old toss grain to a flock of about 50 domesticated ducks. A woman ... See full summary »

Votes: 533

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

21. Arab Cortege, Geneva (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A stationary camera looks across a busy corner toward a store front marked "The Divan." The words "des fees" are beneath. A cortege of Arabs, about 20 persons in the party, walk past; the ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 346

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

22. New York, Brooklyn Bridge (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A stationary camera is set at a curve in the train tracks, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. From the bridge, a four-car streetcar approaches and turns to he viewer's left. As it ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 353

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

23. New York: Broadway at Union Square (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Documentary

A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village. As streetcars pass with rapid regularity, two police officers make sure ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 657

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

24. Chicago Police Parade (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 521

Volume 1, Auguste & Louis Lumiere 1895-96

25. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 46,709

Volume 1

26. William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

"This view was taken upon Mr. McKinley's lawn at his home in Canton, Ohio. Mr. McKinley appears walking across the lawn in company with his Secretary, who hands him a telegram, which he ... See full summary »

Stars: William McKinley, George B. Cortelyou, Ida McKinley

Votes: 527

Volume 1, Actualities

27. Pack Train at Chilkoot Pass (1898)

1 min | Short, Documentary

During the Alaska gold rush, one way to reach the Klondike was over the Chilkoot Pass. A stationary camera is placed to see a ways down the curving trail. A pack train comes into view and ... See full summary »

Votes: 475

Volume 1, Actualities

28. Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River (1903)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Documentary

This short film shows a panoramic view of Manhattan Island, as it appeared in 1903. The island is viewed from the North River (Hudson River), and the view moves down the west side of the ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Smith

Votes: 551

Volume 1, Actualities

29. The Georgetown Loop (Colorado) (1903)

3 min | Short, Documentary

Georgetown is a silver-mining town at 8,500 feet near the crest of the Rockies. Hooked somehow to the rear of a four-car passenger train is a camera that pans the scenery and, when the ... See full summary »

Votes: 226

Volume 1, Actualities

30. San Francisco: Aftermath of Earthquake (1906)

1 min | Documentary, Short, History

Footage shot not long after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco is edited together so that more than one scene and more than one vantage are included. We see fire raging. We see burned-out... See full summary »

Votes: 557

Volume 1, Actualities

31. The Dog and His Various Merits (1908)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Documentary

We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked inside a large wire wheel; the dog runs inside the wheel, turning it to run a machine.... See full summary »

Votes: 432

Volume 1, Actualities (and 2nd menu)

32. Moscow Clad in Snow (1909)

7 min | Short, Documentary

This is another one of our famous scenic films which is a revelation of the beauties of the historic Russian city, showing it clad in a blanket of snow and giving us a good view of the many... See full summary »

Director: Joseph-Louis Mundwiller

Votes: 450

Volume 1, Actualities (and 2nd menu)

33. Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (Piloted by M. Cody) (1910)

4 min | Short, Documentary

Mr. Cody arrives by carriage, walks to a barn, and slides open the doors to reveal a large biplane. He pulls it out of the hanger. One man checks the engine while another starts the ... See full summary »

Star: M. Cody

Votes: 401

Volume 1, Actualities (and 2nd menu)

34. 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: 242

Volume 1, Biograph BLUE Films 1903-05

35. Airy Fairy Lillian Tries on Her New Corsets (1905)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A very large woman, wearing a shift, stands beside a bed and tries to put on a corset. After failing to get it around her, she calls her husband in. He stands behind her holding the corset ... See full summary »

Votes: 256

Volume 1, Biograph BLUE Films 1903-05

36. From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A woman in fancy dress enters a dressing room and begins to disrobe. She removes a coat, a top, and her skirt. As she starts to remove her chemise in front of the camera, she thinks the ... See full summary »

Director: A.E. Weed

Votes: 346

Volume 1, Biograph BLUE Films 1903-05

37. 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: 217

Volume 1, Biograph BLUE Films 1903-05

38. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 18,329

Volume 1

39. The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Family

The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards, and has recently been made the subject of a sketch in a New... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: William Courtenay, Frank Daniels, May Irwin, Charlotte Walker

Votes: 698

Volume 1

40. The Golden Beetle (1907)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

A sorcerer tosses an iridescent little beetle into a flaming ceremonial cauldron, and much to his amazement, a six-winged fairy in the body of a beautiful young woman emerges. Is his sorcery potent enough to tame her?

Directors: Segundo de Chomón, Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 813

Volume 1

41. Leaving the Factory (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Workers leaving the Lumière factory for lunch in Lyon, France in 1895; a place of great photographic innovation and one of the birth places of cinema.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 6,582

Volume 2, Auguste and Louis Lumiere

42. Baby's Meal (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

As part of a maiden public film screening at the Salon Indien, on December 28, in Paris, Auguste Lumière pivots the centre of attention around his baby daughter, as he tries to feed her from a spoon.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Andrée Lumière

Votes: 3,113

Volume 2, Auguste and Louis Lumiere

43. Demolition of a Wall (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 2,485

Volume 2, Auguste and Louis Lumiere

44. The Waterer Watered (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

An impudent child plays a prank on a gardener innocently watering his plants.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 5,064

Volume 2, Auguste and Louis Lumiere

45. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The photographers who need to participate in the congress of Lyon get off a boat in Neuville-sur-Saône, dividing to the right and left.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,743

Volume 2, Auguste and Louis Lumiere