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1890s Short Movies

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Newark Athlete(1891)

2.2/5 (with 24 votes)

Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.

Dickson Greeting(1891)

2.3/5 (with 21 votes)

William K.L. Dickson brings his hat from his one hand to the other and moves his head slightly, as a small nod toward the audience. This was the first film produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company to be shown to public audiences and the press.

The Four Troublesome Heads(1898)

1min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 51 votes)

One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on the table opposite another head, and both detached heads sing in unison. The conjurer then removes it a third time. You then see all three of his heads, which are exact duplicates, upon the table at one time, while the conjurer again stands before the audience with his head perfectly intact, singing in unison with the three heads upon the table. He closes the picture by bowing himself from the stage.

The Haunted Castle(1896)

3min | Fantasy, Horror
3.3/5 (with 55 votes)

Le Manoir du diable or The House of the Devil, released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devil's Castle, is an 1896 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. The film tells the story of an encounter with the Devil and various attendant phantoms. It is intended to evoke amusement and wonder from its audiences, rather than fear. However, because of its themes and characters, it has been considered to technically be the first horror film, as well as potentially the first vampire film. The film opens with a large bat flying into a medieval castle, circling a room, and then suddenly changing into the Devil. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures in an effort to scare two cavaliers, eventually succeeding in causing one to flee. Ultimately the remaining cavalier is confronted face-to-face by the Devil before reaching for and brandishing a large crucifix, which causes the Devil to vanish.

The Sprinkler Sprinkled(1895)

1min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 83 votes)

A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised and looks into the nozzle to find out why the water has stopped coming. The boy then lifts his foot from the hose, whereby the water squirts up in the gardener's face. The gardener chases the boy, grips his ear and slaps him in his buttocks. The boy then runs away and the gardener continues his watering. Three separate versions of this film exist, this is the original, filmed by Louis Lumière.

The Astronomer's Dream(1898)

3min | Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 59 votes)

An astronomer has a terrifying dream.

The Conjurer(1899)

1min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 21 votes)

A film from Méliès has him playing a magician who does a few tricks including making a woman disappear.

The Kiss(1896)

2.6/5 (with 44 votes)

They get ready to kiss, begin to kiss, and kiss in a way that brings down the house every time.

Bedtime for the Bride(1896)

7min | Drama
2.3/5 (with 6 votes)

A newlywed couple in front of their wedding-bed after their wedding. The woman undresses in front of her husband. A French erotic short film considered to be one of the first erotic films made.

Directed by Albert Kirchner - With Louise Willy

London's Trafalgar Square(1890)

2.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Moving picture of London's Trafalgar Square traffic, filmed with a kinesigraph.

The Vanishing Lady(1896)

1min | Mystery
3.1/5 (with 39 votes)

Georges Méliès makes a woman disappear, then reappear.

Cinderella(1899)

3.0/5 (with 34 votes)

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? Méliès based the art direction on engravings by Gustave Doré. First known example of a fairy-tale adapted to film, and the first film to use dissolves to go from one scene to another.

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A Nightmare(1896)

1min | Horror
3.0/5 (with 30 votes)

A man has a fantastical nightmare involving, among other things, a grinning malevolent moon.

Annabelle Butterfly Dance(1894)

2.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.

Dickson Experimental Sound Film(1894)

1min | Music
3.2/5 (with 31 votes)

William K.L. Dickson plays the violin while two men dance. This is the oldest surviving sound film where sound is recorded on the phonograph.

Blacksmith Scene(1893)

2.8/5 (with 30 votes)

Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around. Notable for being the first film in which a scene is being acted out.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson - With Charles Kayser, John Ott

The Cabbage-Patch Fairy(1896)

2.6/5 (with 30 votes)

A brief fantasy tale involving a strange fairy who can produce and deliver babies coming out of cabbages. This film is lost or never existed. Copies of it online are actually the 1900 remake.

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché

Demolition of a Wall(1896)

3.2/5 (with 37 votes)

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 pick. When the wall hits the ground, a cloud of white dust whirls up. Three workers continue the demolition of the wall with picks.

Directed by Louis Lumière - With Auguste Lumière

The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots(1895)

1min | History
3.1/5 (with 35 votes)

A short film depicting the execution of Mary, Queen of the Scots. Mary is brought to the execution block and made to kneel down with her neck over it. The executioner lifts his axe ready to bring it down. After that frame Mary has been replaced by a dummy. The axe comes down and severs the head of the dummy from the body. The executioner picks up the head and shows it around for everyone else to see. One of the first camera tricks to be used in a movie.

Directed by Alfred Clark - With Robert Thomae

Men Boxing(1891)

2.0/5 (with 14 votes)

Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.

A Terrible Night(1896)

1min | Comedy, Horror
2.7/5 (with 26 votes)

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

The Haunted Castle(1897)

3min | Horror
2.8/5 (with 20 votes)

A man has an encounter with several spooky apparitions in a castle that is evidently owned by the Devil.

The Kiss in the Tunnel(1899)

2.9/5 (with 29 votes)

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.

Partie d'écarté(1896)

2.9/5 (with 19 votes)

Three men are sitting around a table, two of them playing a game of Écarté. When the game is over, a domestic serves drinks.

Directed by Louis Lumière - With Antoine Féraud, Antoine Lumière, Félicien Trewey, Alphonse Winckler

The Magician(1898)

1min | Fantasy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 15 votes)

In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ground, but instead of containing the magician a lively clown steps forth who further mystifies the audience by causing the box to disappear, and in its place is seen a fully laid table with a smoking dinner, to which the clown applies himself. The table, however, suddenly disappears much to the astonishment of the clown, who is confronted by the magician in the garb of Mephistopheles. This he suddenly changes to that of a sculptor, and in the background is seen a pedestal with the bust of a young lady, which comes to life as the sculptor applies the mallet and chisel.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Bucking Broncho(1894)

2.1/5 (with 9 votes)

Lee Martin, one of the cowboy stars in 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West', rides a bronco as a crowd looks on. While the horse is trying to throw Martin off its back, another cowboy stands on top of a fence rail and occasionally fires his six-shooter, to spur on both horse and rider.

After the Ball(1897)

1min
2.6/5 (with 26 votes)

A woman arrives home after the ball. Her servant helps her undress and bathe.

Directed by Georges Méliès - With Jehanne d'Alcy

The X-Ray Fiend(1897)

1min | Comedy, Horror
2.8/5 (with 18 votes)

A romantic couple are transformed into skeletons via X-Rays. The film combines two very recent innovations: Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of X-rays in 1895, and Georges Méliès' accidental realisation of the special-effects potential of the jump-cut in 1896.

Directed by George Albert Smith - With Tom Green

The Devil in a Convent(1899)

3.1/5 (with 22 votes)

A priest is officiating at a convent, when suddenly he is transformed into the devil, who frightens away the nuns and turns the place into a outlet of Pandemonium.

Leaving Jerusalem by Railway(1897)

3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

Lasting for roughly 50 seconds, it shows the goodbyes of many passersby - first Europeans, then Palestinian Arabs, then Palestinian Jews - as a train leaves Jerusalem.

Directed by Alexandre Promio
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