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1. 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: 312

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: 10,853

3. Arrival of a Train (Joinville Station) (1896)

Documentary, Short

A steam train of mixed carriages (freight and passenger) arrives at a station and we see the beginnings of passengers leaving then entering the train.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 66

4. Watering the Flowers (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

This lost film presumably features a person watering flowers to comedic effect. This film is believed to have imitated the Louis and Auguste Lumière film "L'arroseur arrose", which survives.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 56

7. Batteuse à vapeur (1896)

Documentary, Short

Little is known of this lost film; presumably it featured one or more threshing machines.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 11

8. Bébé et fillettes (1896)

Documentary, Short

Little is known about this lost film, which presumably features young baby girls.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georgette Méliès

Votes: 13

9. Le bivouac (1896)

1 min | Short

This lost film, among the earliest by Georges Méliès, presumably featured the use of a bivouac sack for a soldier encampment.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 28

10. Blackfriars Bridge (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

An actuality record of Blackfriars Bridge, London, taken from the southern end looking northwards over the Thames by R.W.Paul in July 1896. It was screened as part of his Alhambra Theatre ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 254

11. Les blanchisseuses (1896)


This lost film presumably features women washing clothing.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 14

16. 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: 1,041

17. Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest (1896)

Short, Sport

Stage boxing match between Sergeant-Instructor Barrett and Sergeant Pope, with a round, interval, and knockout.

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 26

18. The Bohemian Encampment (1896)

Documentary, Short

Very little is known of this lost film; according to the title it featured a gypsy camp.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 14

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: 682

20. 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: 1,494

21. 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: 826

22. 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: 352

23. 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: 543

24. 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: 785

26. 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: 3,015

27. 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: 3,135

28. 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: 597

29. 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

30. 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

31. The Morning Alarm (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Fire Department responds to an alarm on a December morning.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 285

32. 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: 614

33. 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: 493

34. 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

35. 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: 536

36. Serpentine Dance by Annabelle (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs her popular serpentine dance routine. She twirls around, and as she does so, she uses her long skirts to create a variety of patterns.

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

Votes: 291

37. Up the River (1896)

1 min | Short, Drama

Passenger drops child from steam launch; it is rescued by swimmer from river bank.

Votes: 105

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