Showing posts with label 1900's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1900's. Show all posts

September 26, 2015

After Dark in Central Park (1900)

After Dark in Central Park

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At the opening of this picture, a couple are seen in dim outlines, spooning on a park bench. In comes a policeman, armed with a dark-lantern, which he suddenly flashes on the couple. They cease their love-making, in great confusion, and the policeman walks on, but as soon as he is out of sight, the couple commence billing and cooing again. This picture is particularly interesting because of the photographic effect of the sudden flashing of a dark lantern on the couple. It is very cleverly worked out, and the picture has made a big hit wherever it has been shown. Written by AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

The Big Swallow (1901)

The Big Swallow

The Big Swallow (AKA: A Photographic Contortion) is a 1901 British short silent comedy film, directed by James Williamson, featuring a man, irritated by the presence of a photographer, who solves his dilemma by swallowing him and his camera whole. 

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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.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1902)

Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, directed by Ferdinand Zecca, hand-tinted (in 1905) by Segundo.

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An early adaptation of the Ali Baba tale.

The Life and Passion of Christ (1903)

La vie et la passion de Jésus Christ

Vie et Passion du Christ (Life and Passion of the Christ) is a 44-minute French silent film that was produced and released in 1903. As such, it is one of the earliest feature-length narrative films.

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The Suburbanite (1904)

The Suburbanite

The Suburbanite is a 1904 American short comedy silent film directed by Wallace McCutcheion and starring John Troiano.

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"The Suburbanite", 1904, directed by Wallace McCutcheon, is a 9 min (211 m) honest comedy silent film of American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. Simple plot: It shows a family moving to the suburbs, with the movies spilling some of the house objects. Then we see three kids left alone out front to play and apparently they get muddy so they are brought inside. Then, the burly (of course) mother-in-law arrives and then other household help arrives, but the cook is an ornery woman who throws everyone out of the kitchen, even hitting one man over the head with the a frying pan. Subsequently, police are brought in to take her away. All of that, an anti-suburb message. 

September 25, 2015

September 24, 2015

The Dancing Pig (1907)

Le cochon danseur

Le Cochon Danseur ("The Dancing Pig") is a silent, 4 minute long, black-and-white burlesque film released in 1907 by French company Pathé, apparently based on a Vaudeville act.

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A pig dressed in fancy clothes flirts with a pretty girl, but she humiliates him and tears off his suit; she then makes him dance for her affections.

September 23, 2015

The Adventures of Dollie (1908)

The Adventures of Dollie

The Adventures of Dollie is a 1908 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. It was Griffith's debut film as a director.

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On a beautiful summer day a father and mother take their daughter Dollie on an outing to the river. The mother refuses to buy a gypsy's wares. The gypsy tries to rob the mother, but the father drives him off. The gypsy returns to the camp and devises a plan. They return and kidnaps Dollie while her parents are distracted. A rescue crew is organized, but the gypsy takes Dollie to his camp. They gag Dollie and hide her in a barrel before the rescue party gets to the camp. Once they leave the gypsies and escapes in their wagon. As the wagon crosses the river, the barrel falls into the water. Still sealed in the barrel, Dollie is swept downstream in dangerous currents. A boy who is fishing in the river finds the barrel, and Dollie is reunited safely with her parents. *Wikipedia*

September 22, 2015

The Country Doctor (1909)

The Country Doctor

The Country Doctor is a 1909 American short silent drama film written and directed by D. W. Griffith.

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While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.

January 04, 2015

An Impossible Voyage (1904)

 Le voyage à travers l'impossible

The Impossible Voyage (FrenchVoyage à travers l'impossible: Invraisemblable équipée d'un groupe de savants de la Société de Géographie incohérente; pièce fantastique nouvelle en 40 tableaux), originally released in the US as An Impossible Voyage and in the UK as Whirling the Worlds, is a 1904 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès

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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.Written by Erik Gregersen <>

November 20, 2014

The Seven Ages (1905)

The Seven Ages

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A couple who have known each other all of their lives are shown together at different stages of life. First, as children, they play together affectionately. Soon afterwards, they are at school together, and as they grow older, they become lovers. Later on, their relationship and their lives move on to more important matters. Written by Snow Leopard

The Black Hand (1906)

The Black Hand

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Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is unable to meet their demands. The gang then kidnaps his daughter, leading to a series of tense and dangerous confrontations. Written by Snow Leopard

The Joe Gans-Battling Nelson Fight (1906) Insert

The Joe Gans-Battling Nelson Fight

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A championship fight that took place in the Nevada goldfields between boxers Joe Gans and Battling Nelson.

November 02, 2014


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