Films from 1878-1909

by Cine_Independiente_MX | created - 06 May 2019 | updated - 06 May 2019 | Public

Such a great period for films

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1. La vie et la passion de Jésus-Christ (1898)

11 min | Short, Drama

The Lumière catalog sold this title as 13 individual, one-scene films - allowing exhibitors to choose which films they wanted to purchase and how to arrange them in their programs. Lumière catalog no. 933 through 945.

Directors: Georges Hatot, Louis Lumière | Star: Bretteau

Votes: 154

2. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878)

TV-G | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge | Stars: Gilbert Domm, Sallie Gardner

Votes: 2,606

3. 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: 304

4. The Little Soldier Who Became a God (1908)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short

The same mysterious ring of Émile Cohl's THE MAGIC HOOP reappears here to bring to life a case of toy soldiers (ninety years ahead of TOY STORY). When one is left behind, a strange course ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 67

5. Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)

3 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 1,153

6. Carmencita (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Performing on what looks like a small wooden stage, wearing a dress with a hoop skirt and white high-heeled pumps, Carmencita does a dance with kicks and twirls, a smile always on her face.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Carmencita

Votes: 1,714

7. Rescued by Rover (1905)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby.

Directors: Lewin Fitzhamon, Cecil M. Hepworth | Stars: Blair, May Clark, Barbara Hepworth, Cecil M. Hepworth

Votes: 1,094

8. The Nihilist (1905)

9 min | Short, Drama

A happy Russian family is shattered when the father is arrested for treason.

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Star: Edward Dillon

Votes: 86

9. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 998

10. Buffalo Running (1883)

TV-G | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Individual photographs of the running of a buffalo shot in rapid succession.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 839

11. Come Along, Do! (1898)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A couple look at a statue while eating in an art gallery.

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 479

12. The Kleptomaniac (1905)

Not Rated | 8 min | Crime, Drama, Short

A well-dressed woman leaves her home and takes a carriage to a department store. While she is in the store, she steals several items, and is caught by store employees. Meanwhile, a poor ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Aline Boyd, Phineas Nairs, Jane Stewart, George Voijere

Votes: 313

13. The House of Ghosts (1906)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Three friends go on a trip and decided to rest at an abandoned house. Everything seems pretty normal until really weird things start to happen.

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 950

14. Child Carrying Flowers to Woman (1887)

1 min | Short

Eadweard Muybridge's motion photography film depicts a child bringing a bouquet of flowers to a topless woman who kisses his cheek.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 224

15. Les chapeaux des belles dames (1909)

4 min | Animation, Short

A short film looking at women's fashion through the ages.

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 39

16. Annie Oakley (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog)

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Francis E. Butler, Annie Oakley

Votes: 1,169

17. Woman Getting Into Bed (1887)


A film experiment featuring one of Eadweard Muybridge's nude female models getting into a bed.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 79

18. Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909)

Unrated | 5 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Paul Panzer, Gladys Hulette

Votes: 865

19. Mosquinha (1890)

1 min | Short

Shot of the flight of a fly.

Director: Étienne-Jules Marey

Votes: 503

20. Tunneling the English Channel (1907)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

King Edward VII of England and the President of the French Republic, Armand Fallières, envision tunnelling the English Channel; nevertheless, only a maiden voyage can determine whether this is a triumphant aspiration or an acrid nightmare.

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

Votes: 558

21. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Jack Brawn

Votes: 1,736

22. Woman Pouring from Jug (1887)


Eadweard Muybridge's nude female model is depicted in a series of images, detailing her bending over and pouring water from a jug.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 85

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