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Poll: Top 10 Short Films That Made History

To be fair, these short films weren't all the first to achieve what they did, maybe third or second, but they made the biggest impact retrospectively. Each one changed the rules of the game, ensuring the progression of Motion Picture: arts, science and popular entertainment..

Which of these 10 shorts is the most culturally significant?

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    The Arrival of a Train (1896)

    The discovery of cinema.
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    The Great Train Robbery (1903)

    The art of crosscutting, storytelling and entertaining.
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    A Trip to the Moon (1902)

    The use of special effects, inevitable for fantasy and sci-fi pictures.
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    Steamboat Willie (1928)

    Sound mixing marking the real birth of animation... and a little mouse that changed the face of family entertainment.
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    Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

    The first cinematic icon.
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    Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

    The first UPA animated short.
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    The Big Shave (1967)

    The bloody birth of a directing icon.
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    Un Chien Andalou (1929)

    New rule: no rules!
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    Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

    The first animated film.
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    A Computer Animated Hand (1972)

    A new dimension...

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