Prior to 1910 - my favoritesby guisreis | created - 08 Nov 2016 | updated - 28 Aug 2017 | Public
See also the list of my favorite movies between 1910 and 1959, a list of my favorite movies between 1960 and 1970, one about my favorite films from the 70's and one about my favorite film of each year.
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1. The Black Imp (1905)
Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.
2. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)
1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror
Much to our amazement, an elegant and masterful illusionist detaches his own head effortlessly from his shoulders for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
3. Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)
Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Fantasy
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk. Borrowing on cinematographic methods ... See full summary »
4. Le frotteur (1907)
3 min | Short, Comedy
An extremely clumsy man tries to clean a woman's house with disastrous results.
5. Adventures of William Tell (1898)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy
Atop a wonderful central pedestal, a happy clown puts the finishing touches on a William Tell's incomplete model, assembling the mannequin limb by limb with the intention of shooting a target off of its head with a potent crossbow.
Director: Georges Méliès
6. The Devilish Tenant (1909)
6 min | Short, Comedy
A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.
7. Chapellerie et charcuterie mécanique (1900)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short
Filmmaker Alice Guy creates something of an oddity with this one-minute comedy. An inventor and his assistant create a machine that, true to its title, makes hats and grinds sausages! The ... See full summary »
8. Poor Pierrot (1892)
4 min | Animation, Comedy, Short
One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away.
Director: Émile Reynaud
9. The House of the Devil (1896)
Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Horror
With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.
The first horror film ever! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPmKaz3Quzo
10. The Great Train Robbery (I) (1903)
TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.
12. Conquering the Skies (1906)
1 min | Short, Fantasy
Fend l'air, a flying machine, flies over the heights of Paris.
Half of the short film: https://youtu.be/6bgkhGSan60
16. The Enchanted Well (1903)
Not Rated | 4 min | Fantasy, Drama, Short
Denied a handout, a witch exacts vengeance by cursing the village well.
17. A Terrible Night (1896)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror
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.
18. Santa Claus (1898)
1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy
"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree. He then fills the stockings that were previously hung on the mantle by the children. ... See full summary »
19. The Devil's Castle (1897)
3 min | Short, Horror
Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.
20. The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) (1894)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Action, Comedy
"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films)
21. The Dancing Pig (1907)
Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy, Horror
A humongous and obese anthropomorphic swine dressed like a fine gentleman in a fancy dinner attire tries to make a pass at a solitary lady having a picnic.
23. A Fantasy (1908)
2 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy
The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.
Director: Émile Cohl
The first animated film ever! https://youtu.be/pTZ-SwSkWKE
24. Up-to-Date Clothes Cleaning (1908)
Not Rated | 8 min | Short
At a carnival several comic wrestling matches are displayed, ending with one match where an inexperienced man surprisingly beats a stronger wrestler.
Director: Georges Méliès
a.k.a. Side Show Wrestlers
25. The Miser (1908)
Not Rated | 5 min | Short
Georges Méliès presents his version of Molière's classic play "L'avare" (The Miser). The brief fragments presents a greedy old man who keep turning down several people who come to him in ... See full summary »
26. Alice in Wonderland (1903)
8 min | Fantasy, Short
Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »
The first filmed "Alice in Wonderland" ever! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeIXfdogJbA
27. Cinderella (1899)
Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Family
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?
28. A Corner in Wheat (1909)
G | 14 min | Short, Crime, Drama
An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets.
A progressive movie made by a great master of cinema more famous for far right wing The birth of a nation.
29. Faust et Méphistophélès (1903)
Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Drama, Horror
A re-telling of the classic tale of Faust in all of two minutes by French filmmaker Alice Guy (later known as Alice Guy-Blaché).
Director: Alice Guy
30. Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy
A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame.
31. Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Sport
Famous James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett in bizarre butt-showing short shorts fights Peter Courtney on the ring. http://youtu.be/gpDhbpmtpvo
32. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894)
Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Music
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.