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1. The Birth of a Flower (1910)

6 min | Documentary, Short

"Percy Smith (1880-1944) was world famous as a photographer of plant life. Probably the first British example of time-lapse photography as applied to the growth of plants." Montly Film Bulletin, November 1955

Director: F. Percy Smith

Votes: 145

2. Krzyzoki (2018)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Creative documentary telling the story of a Polish village. Thirty farmers begin an equestrian journey touring the boundaries of nearby villages and fields. Fatigue and inebriation mix with... See full summary »

Director: Anna Gawlita

Votes: 9

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: 6,429

4. 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: 11,020

5. 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: 4,936

6. Demolition of a Wall (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 2,410

7. Snowball Fight (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

People start a snowball fight on a street in Lyons, France.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,594

8. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The photographers who need to participate in the congress of Lyon get off a boat in Neuville-sur-Saône, dividing to the right and left.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,677

9. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Several little boys run along a pier, then jump into the ocean.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,229

10. 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: 842

11. Card Party (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Biography

In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Octavie Huvier, Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 941

12. Le déjeuner du chat (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A medium closeup of a large cat, washing itself. A boy brings him/her a plate of milk.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Marcel Koehler

Votes: 380

13. La petite fille et son chat (1899)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which documents the activities of a little girl and her cat.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Madeleine Koehler

Votes: 544

14. Fishing for Goldfish (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A baby held by his father dips his little hands into a water jug and he can' t catch the goldfish .

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Andrée Lumière, Auguste Lumière

Votes: 922

15. Cordeliers' Square in Lyon (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon's Cordeliers' Square. It's a long shot, with a great deal of depth of focus. We can see the sky and ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 992

16. The Mechanical Butcher (1895)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A butcher puts a full-grown live pig into his large box-like machine. Moments later, he draws out a full range of pork products, many already packaged for sale.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 811

17. 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: 952

18. Jumping the Blanket (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 889

19. Le maréchal-ferrant (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Four Men are involved in the shoeing of a horse.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 325

20. Photographe (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

A photographer has his camera all set up to take a gentleman's picture. The subject checks his face in a hand mirror, and the photographer poses him. Just as the photographer is about to ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Clément Maurice

Votes: 437

21. Trick Riding (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

A man tries to get on a horse , but he climbs to one side and falls from the other, until he manages to stay in balance.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 903

22. Radeau avec baigneurs (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which captures people jumping off a ramp and playing in the water.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Édouard Lumière

Votes: 224

23. Baby's Dinner (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: 3,027

24. Arrivée d'un train à Perrache (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A train arrives at the Perrache station.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 559

25. Bocal aux poissons-rouges (1895)

1 min | Short, Documentary

No.18 in the Lumière catalogue really stands out. Most of their films were long shots of people in everyday situations, usually in a diagonal composition. So these poor fish did not have ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 372

26. Le squelette joyeux (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A skeleton dances joyously, often collapsing into a heap of bones and quickly putting itself back together.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 836

27. Danse serpentine (II) (1897)

1 min | Short

Angelic and demonic serpentine dances from dawn of cinema by the Lumière Brothers film, called the Serpentine Dance. The dancer is Loie Fuller; the pioneer modern dancer. Recorded in 1896 in Paris, and hand-colored frame by frame.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Loie Fuller

Votes: 740

28. Partie de boules (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film documenting a group of gentleman engaged in lawn bowling.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Pierre Bellingard, André Honnorat, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Rose Lumière

Votes: 453

29. Attelage d'un camion (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A horse team is pulling a truck.

Votes: 317

30. Laveuses sur la rivière (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Women washing their clothes by the river.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 458

31. The Bridge (1928)

15 min | Documentary, Short

Close shots of a railway train underway: track racing underneath, steam escaping, cars coupling, gears ratcheting, signals changing.

Director: Joris Ivens

Votes: 433

32. Night Mail (1936)

Approved | 25 min | Short, Documentary

Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

Directors: Harry Watt, Basil Wright | Stars: Arthur Clark, John Grierson, Stuart Legg, Robert Rae

Votes: 1,252

33. 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: 3,298

34. 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: 1,021

35. New York Subway (1905)

Unrated | 6 min | Short, Documentary

Starting at Union Square, we are taken for an underground excursion, following the path of a subway train as it makes its way through New York City subway tunnels on its journey to the old ... See full summary »

Director: G.W. Bitzer

Votes: 693

36. The Lovely Month of May (1963)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary

Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962, the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme | Stars: Chris Marker, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 720 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Plants of the Underworld (1930)

11 min | Documentary, Short

The world of fungi captured by micro-cinematography and time-lapse photography.

Director: Mary Field | Star: E.V.H. Emmett

39. The Wonders of Harmonic Designing (1913)

3 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary look at the harmonagraph, a mechanical device that uses a swinging pendulum to draw patterns.

40. The Life Cycle of the Newt (1942)

10 min | Documentary, Short

A biological film of the smooth newt, its history from egg, through tadpole stage, to fully developed three-year-old next returning to the pond in spring to breed.

Director: Mary Field

41. He Would A-Wooing Go (1936)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary look at the life cycle of a frog.

42. Nature's Double Lifers: Ferns and Fronds (1932)

10 min | Documentary, Short

The strange double life of ferns, as seen under the microscope.

43. Lupins (1936)

10 min | Documentary, Short

The development and structure of the lupin, with attention paid to growth, development and pollination.

44. Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith (2016)

55 min | Documentary

The latest 'film and music' project of Tindersticks is a collage of the science films made in early 1900s by F. Percy Smith-naturalist, inventor and documentarist.

Director: Stuart Staples | Star: F. Percy Smith

Votes: 57

45. Mothlight (1963)

4 min | Short

A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 2,497

46. The Magician (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

In a traditional "magician" attire, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words and conjures up wonders from a plain wooden box.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 800

47. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror