a-cinema-history.blogspot.com 20 first years of cinema

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1. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, History

This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Director: Alfred Clark | Stars: Robert Thomae, Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 2,038

2. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Music

The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.

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

Votes: 2,117

3. 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: 6,331

4. The Waterer Watered (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

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

Directors: Alice Guy, Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 4,850

5. 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: 10,880

6. 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: 1,044

7. 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

8. Between Calais and Dover (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

Using the same rocking effect previously employed in "Combat naval en Grèce (1897)", the director Georges Méliès recreates the illusion of a small ship in a tempest.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Joseph Grapinet, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 492

9. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Much to our amazement, an elegant and masterful illusionist detaches his own head effortlessly from his shoulders for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,042

10. 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: 3,138

11. A Kiss in the Tunnel (I) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, George Albert Smith

Votes: 1,392

12. L'affaire Dreyfus (1899)

13 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 530

13. Joan of Arc (1900)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Bleuette Bernon, Jeanne Calvière, Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 988

14. Grandma's Reading Glass (1900)

2 min | Short, Family

A boy looks through glasses at various objects, seen magnified.

Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Harold Smith

Votes: 1,071

15. As Seen Through the Telescope (1900)

1 min | Short, Comedy

An elderly gentleman in a silk hat sits on a stool in front of a store on the main street of town. He has a telescope that he focuses on the ankle of a young woman who is a short distance ... See full summary »

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 711

16. 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: 609

17. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

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

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

Votes: 45,108

18. The Passion Play (1903)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

The story of Jesus Christ from the proclamation of his Nativity to his crucifixion. Impressive scenes and dynamism of the actors prelude to the Italian colossal movies of the silent period.

Directors: Lucien Nonguet, Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Madame Moreau, Monsieur Moreau

Votes: 448

19. Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Action

A fireman rushes into a carriage to rescue a woman from a house fire. Breaks the window glasses and he goes down with the woman. After dangerous and uncertain moments, the fireman save the woman' s son, too.

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Edwin S. Porter, Vivian Vaughan, Arthur White, James H. White

Votes: 2,184

20. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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

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: 17,694

21. 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: 3,245

22. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 633

23. The Talisman or Sheep's Foot (1907)

15 min | Short

A man is helped by a good fairy to conquer his beloved. Thanks to the talisman she gives him, a sheep's foot, he will triumph from all obstacles.

Director: Albert Capellani

Votes: 118

24. The Adventures of Dollie (1908)

Not Rated | 12 min | Action, Short

On a warm and sunny summer's day, a mother and father take their young daughter Dollie on a riverside outing. A gypsy basket peddler happens along, and is angered when the mother refuses to... See full summary »

Directors: D.W. Griffith, G.W. Bitzer | Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Gladys Egan, Charles Inslee

Votes: 703

25. Long Distance Wireless Photography (1908)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Sci-Fi

An eccentric photographer demonstrates the wonders of technology to a couple who want to be photographed by his innovative wireless procedure that accents one's inner personality. Are they prepared for the harsh truth of the camera's eye?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Fernande Albany, Georges Méliès

Votes: 468

26. The Assassination of the Duke de Guise (1908)

15 min | Short, History, Drama

France, at the end of the sixteenth century. Henry III decided to eliminate his rival, the Duke of Guise, and, therefore, calls him in the castle of Blois. The mistress of the duke, warned ... See full summary »

Directors: André Calmettes, Charles Le Bargy | Stars: Charles Le Bargy, Albert Lambert, Gabrielle Robinne, Berthe Bovy

Votes: 601

27. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909)

12 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies.

Directors: Charles Kent, J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Walter Ackerman, Charles Chapman, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello

Votes: 299

28. Max's First Job (1910)

7 min | Short, Comedy

Max Linder's behavior when he applied for a job as a Pathé Frères moving picture actor, was such a good joke on him that it was decided to make a film of the event, and accordingly. Max was... See full summary »

Directors: Louis J. Gasnier, Max Linder | Stars: Max Linder, Georges Monca, Lucien Nonguet, Charles Pathé

Votes: 148

29. Dante's Inferno (1911)

71 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 2,451

30. The Independence of Romania (1912)

120 min | History, War

The movie depicts the Romanian War of Independence (1877-1878).

Directors: Aristide Demetriade, Grigore Brezeanu | Stars: Aristide Demetriade, Constanta Demetriade, Constantin Nottara, Pepi Machauer

Votes: 209

31. Cleopatra (1912)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History

The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ultimately disastrous for both of them.

Director: Charles L. Gaskill | Stars: Helen Gardner, Pearl Sindelar, Miss Fielding, Miss Robson

Votes: 461

32. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1913)

26 min | Short, Drama, Horror

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: King Baggot, Jane Gail, Matt Snyder, Howard Crampton

Votes: 258

33. The Student of Prague (1913)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Wegener, Stellan Rye | Stars: Paul Wegener, Grete Berger, Lyda Salmonova, John Gottowt

Votes: 1,875

34. The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi | Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani, Antonio Grisanti

Votes: 487

35. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Cabiria is a Roman child when her home is destroyed by a volcano. Sold in Carthage to be sacrificed in a temple, is saved by Fulvio, a Roman spy. But danger lurks, and hatred between Rome and Carthage can only lead to war.

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 3,254

36. Judith of Bethulia (1914)

Not Rated | 61 min | Drama

A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron

Votes: 1,261

37. Making a Living (1914)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Comedy

An out-of-work swindler takes a job as a reporter. After witnessing a car go over cliff, he grabs a rival reporter's camera and races to the newspaper office to enter the photo as his own. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Lehrman | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Emma Clifton, Chester Conklin, Alice Davenport

Votes: 1,889

38. Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Comedy

The Tramp wanders into and disrupts the filming of a go-kart race.

Director: Henry Lehrman | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Henry Lehrman, Gordon Griffith

Votes: 2,782

39. Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Comedy

In a hotel lobby, an inebriated Charlie runs into an elegant lady, gets tied up in her dog's leash, and falls down. He later runs into her in the hotel corridor, locked out of her room. ... See full summary »

Director: Mabel Normand | Stars: Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Alice Davenport

Votes: 1,546

40. Fantômas: The False Magistrate (1914)

Not Rated | 70 min | Crime, Drama

Having committed murder in Belgium, Fantomas is sentenced to life imprisonment. Two crimes committed in France suggest to inspector Juve that the Fantomas gang is still at work. He ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Feuillade | Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior, Mesnery

Votes: 978



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