Shorts 1896

by randvan | created - 03 Jun 2012 | updated - 03 Jun 2012 | Public

All short movies I have seen from 1896 ranked from best to worst

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1. 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: 3,140

2. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière | Stars: Madeleine Koehler, Marcel Koehler, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 10,882

3. The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short, Horror

As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

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

Votes: 1,660

4. The House of the Devil (1896)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Horror

With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,029

5. 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: 828

6. A Nightmare (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Horror

In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

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

Votes: 1,500

7. 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: 2,369

8. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera. Two horses draw each wagon, and each wagon carries from two to eight ... See full summary »

Votes: 404

9. 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: 544

10. 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: 353

11. A Terrible Night (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,170

12. 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: 537

13. 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: 787

14. Post No Bills (I) (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

Two bill posters argue as an incompetent guard patrols the area.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 373

15. Amy Muller (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Vaudeville dancer Amy Muller performs a portion of her stage routine, which features dancing on her toes. She dances on one toe for part of the performance. Later, she also twirls and does cartwheels.

Director: William Heise | Star: Amy Muller

Votes: 321

16. 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: 684

17. The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two men play cards, as a third watches and a waiter brings drinks. The third man pours drinks as the waiter laughs.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Antoine Féraud, Antoine Lumière, Félicien Trewey, Alphonse Winckler

Votes: 1,354

18. Card Party (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Biography

In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Octavie Huvier, Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 917

19. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,200

20. A Morning Bath (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

"Mammy is washing her little pickaninny. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub full of foaming suds." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White

Votes: 450

21. 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: 599

22. La fée aux choux (1896)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving a strange fairy who can produce and deliver babies coming out of cabbages. Gently ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Alice Guy, Germaine Serand, Yvonne Serand

Votes: 1,045

23. 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: 494

24. The Burning Stable (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

"A burning wagon is dragged from the barn by the firemen, and four horses are rescued from the flames by the stablemen. Thick volumes of smoke pour from the doors and windows." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White

Votes: 317

25. Mounted Police Charge (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

"A battalion of New York's famous mounted police at inspection. They approach at break-neck gallop." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White | Star: Sergeant Eagan

Votes: 255

26. 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: 479

27. Edison Drawn by 'World' Artist (1896)

Not Rated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

Artist draws Thomas Edison.

Director: James H. White | Stars: J. Stuart Blackton, Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 184

28. 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: 317

29. Black Diamond Express (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

"Train is first seen rounding a curve nearly a mile away. Approaches at the rate of 70 miles an hour, blowing a warning whistle to a gang of track repairers."

Director: James H. White | Stars: Benjamin F. Hardesty, Charles Lee

Votes: 271

30. Lone Fisherman (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

"Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 254

31. 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: 615

32. Interrupted Lover (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A pair of bucolic lovers discovered by the wrathful father, who teaches the gallant a lesson.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 292

33. Awakening of Rip (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 514

34. Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 473

35. Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 458

36. Rip's Toast (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

"Here the celebrated actor Joseph Jefferson is shown giving his famous toast. Mr. Jefferson's features distinctly show on this picture that by watching the motion of his lips one could ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 469

37. Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 465

38. Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 453

39. Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

Add a Plot

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 454

40. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 454

41. 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: 289

42. The Derby (I) (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

The Derby is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's Kinetoscopes, featuring the end of the 29 ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 315

43. American Falls from Above, American Side (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The camera shows a view of the American Falls and Goat Island.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 263

44. 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: 486



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