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1890s Short Movies

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An Up-to-Date Conjurer(2020)

1min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

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

The Sprinkler Sprinkled(2021)

1min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 78 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(2020)

3min | Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 48 votes)

An astronomer has a terrifying dream.

The Four Troublesome Heads(2021)

1min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 44 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.

Cinderella(2021)

3.0/5 (with 33 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.

The Haunted Castle(2021)

3min | Fantasy, Horror
3.3/5 (with 51 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.

Dickson Experimental Sound Film(2021)

1min | Music
3.2/5 (with 30 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.

The Kiss(2021)

2.6/5 (with 41 votes)

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

The Vanishing Lady(2020)

1min | Mystery
3.1/5 (with 33 votes)

Georges Méliès makes a woman disappear, then reappear.

Annabelle Serpentine Dance(2021)

2.9/5 (with 33 votes)

Two dancers perform in succession facing a stationary camera. The first is in a diaphanous skirt, held out by her hands with arms extended. She smiles, wearing butterfly wings on her back and the wings of Mercury in her hair. Her dance emphasizes the movement of her visible, bare legs. She kicks high, bows, and moves to her right and left. The second dancer has a voluminous, long skirt, and holds sticks in each hand attached to the skirt's outer edges, so that the emphasis is on the swirling patterns the skirt makes, often obscuring her unsmiling face. Her feet move little on the unadorned stage; changes in the color of the lens filter accent the swirling patterns.

Demolition of a Wall(2021)

3.2/5 (with 35 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(2021)

1min | History
3.1/5 (with 32 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
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A Nightmare(2020)

1min | Horror
3.0/5 (with 23 votes)

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

Newark Athlete(2021)

2.2/5 (with 23 votes)

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

Lion, London Zoological Gardens(2020)

2.3/5 (with 4 votes)

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 the food on the cage floor and reaching through the bars to swipe at the man, who stays alarmingly close to the beast. In the background are the large rocks and brick wall at the back of the lion's habitat.

Directed by Alexandre Promio

The Kiss in the Tunnel(2020)

3.0/5 (with 19 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.

Dickson Greeting(2020)

2.3/5 (with 17 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 Surrender of Tournavos(2020)

2.5/5 (with 9 votes)

Three military men, seen inside a fortification, are firing on an unseen enemy force. The call for reinforcements but ladders appear signalling the enemy is about to overrun this position.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Pillar of Fire(2020)

1min | Fantasy
2.7/5 (with 12 votes)

A devil wearing bat-like wings and brandishing a trident dances around a giant pot, conjuring forth flame from his trident to lit a fire beneath the pot. After the devil works the fire with bellows, an angelic woman emerges from the pot. The devil and the pot vanish as the woman performs a dance, waving about her diaphanous sleeves until she conjures forth another fire, then she rises amongst the smoke into the air.

Blacksmith Scene(2021)

1min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 28 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 Barbershop(2021)

1min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 13 votes)

€?Interior of Barber Shop. Man comes in, takes off his coat; sits down, smokes; is handed a paper by attendant, who points out a joke; both laugh. Meantime the man in the chair is shaved and has his hair cut. Very funny.” (Edison's Latest Wonders, 1894)

The Cabbage-Patch Fairy(2021)

2.6/5 (with 27 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

Adventures of William Tell(2020)

1min | Comedy, Fantasy
2.7/5 (with 11 votes)

The scene opens in an artist's studio where the unfinished statue of William Tell stands upon a pedestal. A clown appears and sticks a clay arm and clay head on the statue, thus completing it. He places a large brick on top of the head to make it stick. When he turns his back the statue turns into a living representation of William Tell. (Edison Catalog)

Directed by Georges Méliès

A Terrible Night(2020)

1min | Comedy, Horror
2.7/5 (with 20 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.

Annabelle Butterfly Dance(2021)

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.

Between Calais and Dover(2020)

1min
2.8/5 (with 10 votes)

A rocky sea voyage as reenacted by Georges Méliès.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Playing Cards(2020)

2.4/5 (with 16 votes)

Three friends are playing cards in a beer garden. One of them orders drinks. The waitress comes back with a bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray. The man serves his friends. They clink glasses and drink. Then the man asks for a newspaper. He reads a funny story in it and the three friends burst out laughing while the waitress merely smiles.

The Temptation of St. Anthony(2020)

1min | Fantasy
2.9/5 (with 13 votes)

St. Anthony is tempted by visions of women, including one that is transformed from the image of Jesus Christ Himself!

Le Coucher de la Mariée(2021)

7min | Drama
2.4/5 (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

The Magician(2020)

1min | Fantasy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 12 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
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