Shorts 1901

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

All short movies I have seen from 1901 ranked from best to worst

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1. Bluebeard (1901)

12 min | Short, Horror

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon, Thomas White

Votes: 1,650

2. The Man with the Rubber Head (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,764

3. A Photographic Contortion (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 1,765

4. Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (1901)

Unrated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days.

Director: Frederick S. Armitage

Votes: 964

5. The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

Right in front of our very eyes, two attractive and feminine women metamorphose into two professional wrestlers who begin a no-holds-barred wrestling match.

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

Votes: 1,006

6. The Magician and the Human Pump (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

In this trickery extravaganza, Excelsior, the wizard of illusion, pulls out a handkerchief from his pocket, and after that, everything is possible in his rare and spectacular show.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 549

7. Stop Thief! (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Action, Comedy

A hungry vagabond snatches a wrapped leg of lamb and jumps into a large wooden barrel to hide. Will he get away scot-free?

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 581

8. Fire! (1901)

5 min | Short, Action, Drama

Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man... See full summary »

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 659

9. The Christmas Dream (1901)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Fantasy

The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home. His children, assisted by their governess, are about to retire. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 399

10. The Clown with the Portable Body (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The funniest of all mystical pictures yet produced. Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: André Deed

Votes: 441

11. The Dwarf and the Giant (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

Georges Méliès plays the main character, as he splits into two versions of himself, and changes size.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 334

12. Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

In this short silent film, we see Charmion an early vaudeville strongwomen, perform her famous Trapeze disrobing act. During the Victorian era, Charmion believed in promoting physical culture and dress reform for women.

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charmion

Votes: 303

13. The Gigantic Devil (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 630

14. History of a Crime (1901)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A burglar is arrested for a murder. He is condemned to death. Before his execution the murderer dreams of his past, of how he was a bank clerk, then turned to crime. The criminal is then ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Jean Liézer, Bretteau, Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 661

15. Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 545

16. What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through which immense volumes of air are forced by a blower. Ladies in crossing this shaft ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: A.C. Abadie, Florence Georgie

Votes: 1,003

17. The Countryman's First Sight of the Animated Pictures (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 686

18. Rêve et réalité (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A well-dressed middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

Director: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 470

19. Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

Theodore Roosevelt merrily kills a mountain lion in Colorado while his press agent and photographer record the event for posterity.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 451

20. Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)

4 min | Short, Drama, History

This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States. Some versions offer additional footage at... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 342

21. Arrival of McKinley's Funeral Train at Canton, Ohio (1901)

1 min | Short, Documentary

In recording this scene the position of our camera was an excellent one, and we present to the public a most perfect picture of the train's arrival. The engine is decorated with crepe to ... See full summary »

Votes: 180

22. President McKinley Taking the Oath (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short, News

Short film which documents William McKinley's presidential inauguration.

Stars: William McKinley, Joseph Garney Cannon, John Dalzell, George Dewey

Votes: 489

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