Cook Book Chapter 1

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1. Chinese Laundry Scene (1894)

1 min | Short, Comedy

The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Phil Doreto, Robetta

Votes: 535

2. Crissie Sheridan (1897)

Not Rated | Short

A serpentine dance being performed by the dancer whose name is the main title of the film.

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

Votes: 247

4. Blacksmith Scene (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two blacksmiths work while the vapors rise in the air. Later, another man arrives and offers a drink.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 998

5. Dr. Colton or Dentist Scene (1895)

Not Rated | Short, Comedy

See Dr. Colton administering "laughing gas" to a patient and then pulling a tooth.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Gardner Quincy Colton

Votes: 22

6. Bucking Broncos (1904)

Documentary, Short

One of the toughest bronchos in Oklahoma. It takes two men to hold him while he is being saddled. The cowboy who rides him has hardly time to get into the saddle before the men holding the ... See full summary »

7. Highland Dance (1894)


A couple performs a Highland Fling.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 45

9. 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: 6,594

10. Arrival of Train at Station (1901)

Documentary, Short

Arrival of train at the Cheyenne, Wyoming station of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Votes: 40

11. Baby's Meal (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

As part of a maiden public film screening at the Salon Indien, on December 28, in Paris, Auguste Lumière pivots the centre of attention around his baby daughter, as he tries to feed her from a spoon.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Andrée Lumière

Votes: 3,115

12. The Waterer Watered (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

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

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 5,071

14. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank.

Directors: Birt Acres, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 773

15. 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: 349

16. Sea Waves (1898)

Documentary, Short

"Shows the beach at Long Branch, N.J. immediately after a heavy storm. The breaking waves dash over a row of spiles, throwing a spray high into the air."

Director: William Heise

Votes: 38

17. Butterfly Dance (1897)


"As performed by Annabelle, the famous premier danseuse. A charmingly graceful representation of the light and airy flight of a butterfly. Beautiful when colored."

Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 128

18. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 1,082

20. Gondola Party (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A group of friends in Venice is just completing a trip in a gondola. When the boat stops, they help one another out of it. Some of the passengers have left personal items behind in the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Moisson

Votes: 104

23. The Face on the Bar-Room Floor (1908)

Short, Drama

The Unexpected: A convivial group around the bar. Weary Willie blows in. A human wreck. Amuses the crowd. Gets free drink. Chance word awakens pride. A soul laid bare. His Life's Story: ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Charles Inslee, William V. Ranous, David Wall

24. The Devil's Laboratory (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 103

25. Cinderella (1899)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Family

A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmelli, Jehanne d'Alcy

Votes: 1,525

26. 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

27. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

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

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

Votes: 46,782

28. The Palace of Arabian Knights (1905)

14 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 462

29. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1907)

10 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

Undersea adventures in a submarine by a dreaming fisherman who encounters mystical underwater creatures at odds with him. A parody on Jules Verne's novel.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Manuel, Georges Méliès

Votes: 471

30. The Conquest of the Pole (1912)

Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Adventure, Horror

Aboard the futuristic flying machine of his own invention, Professor Mabouloff and his team of intercultural explorers set off on yet another impossible expedition to North Pole's vast landscapes. What wonders await the bold adventurers?

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

Votes: 947

31. 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: 587

32. Kansas Saloon Smashers (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

Reenactment of Carrie Nation's saloon smashing in Wichita.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Carrie Nation

Votes: 153

33. New York City in a Blizzard (1902)

Documentary, Short

A realistic panoramic view taken at Madison Square, New York City, on February 17, 1902. A portion of the New York Fire Department is seen trying to make their way to a fire through the ... See full summary »

Votes: 45

34. Sampson-Schley Controversy (1901)

3 min | War, Drama, Short

This subject is in three scenes, showing beautiful dissolving effects. Scene 3. The Man Behind that Teacup shows Admiral Sampson the centre of attraction of a group of old maids at an afternoon tea party.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 94

35. 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

36. 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

37. The Corsican Brothers (1898)

Short, Drama

The ghost of a man's twin shows him a vision of how he was killed in a duel.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 34

38. 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: 1,133

39. 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

40. 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: 2,302

41. The Kiss in the Tunnel (II) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Similar to A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899), this remake omits the phantom ride scenes and chooses to portray a significantly steamier, more prolonged, and more explicit passion between a young couple. Surely, this is a kiss to remember.

Director: James Bamforth

Votes: 411

42. Daylight Burglary (1903)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank S. Mottershaw

Votes: 392

43. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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

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: 18,354

44. 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: 1,151

45. Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Fantasy

Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk. Borrowing on cinematographic methods ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: James H. White, Thomas White

Votes: 718

46. 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