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L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat

A group of people are standing along the platform of a railway station in La Ciotat, waiting for a train. One is seen coming, at some distance, and eventually stops at the platform. Doors of the railway-cars open and attendants help passengers off and on. Popular legend has it that, when this film was shown, the first-night audience fled the café in terror, fearing being run over by the "approaching" train. This legend has since been identified as promotional embellishment, though there is evidence to suggest that people were astounded at the capabilities of the Lumières' cinématographe.

Release On: 25th - January - 1896

Vote Count: 367
Vote Average: 7.1/10

The Kiss

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

Release On: 1st - April - 1896

Vote Count: 102
Vote Average: 5.2/10

Le manoir du diable

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.

Release On: 24th - December - 1896

Vote Count: 127
Vote Average: 6.5/10

Le Cauchemar

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

Release On: 25th - December - 1896

Vote Count: 71
Vote Average: 6/10

Escamotage d'une dame chez Robert-Houdin

Georges Méliès makes a woman disappear, then reappear.

Release On: 1st - January - 1896

Vote Count: 87
Vote Average: 6.3/10

Démolition d'un mur

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.

Release On: 6th - March - 1896

Vote Count: 85
Vote Average: 6.5/10

Le Coucher de la Mariée

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.

Release On: 26th - November - 1896

Vote Count: 15
Vote Average: 4.7/10

La fée aux choux

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.

Release On: 31st - March - 1896

Vote Count: 72
Vote Average: 5.2/10

Une nuit terrible

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.

Release On: 1st - January - 1896

Vote Count: 62
Vote Average: 5.1/10

Course en sacs

Several competitors take part in a friendly sack race, with widely varying degrees of success.

Release On: 25th - October - 1896

Vote Count: 29
Vote Average: 5.7/10

Partie d'écarté

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

Release On: 20th - February - 1896

Vote Count: 44
Vote Average: 5.7/10

Danse serpentine

Angelic and demonic serpentine dances from dawn of cinema. The dancer is Loie Fuller; the pioneer modern dancer. Recorded in Paris, and hand-colored frame by frame.

Release On: 25th - November - 1896

Vote Count: 57
Vote Average: 6.5/10


Strong-man Eugene Sandow flexes his muscles and strikes a few poses in front of a black background. This was a short film shot by William K.L. Dickson and produced in Thomas Edison's Black Maria studio.

Release On: 30th - December - 1896

Vote Count: 46
Vote Average: 5.2/10

Chicago, défilé de policemen

Walking four abreast, in groups of six rows, 144 of Chicago's finest parade past a stationary camera. Each of the six groups that pass is escorted by an officer. All are men, all are white, all look tall, all wear identical high-buttoned uniforms and badges and carry a nightstick. Almost all sport mustaches. Behind the police comes a horse-drawn carriage.

Release On: 20th - September - 1896

Vote Count: 22
Vote Average: 4.8/10

Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow

Release On: 30th - September - 1896

Vote Count: 24
Vote Average: 4.2/10

Une partie de cartes

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.

Release On: 1st - January - 1896

Vote Count: 43
Vote Average: 4.7/10

Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau

The first travelling shot.

Release On: 25th - October - 1896

Vote Count: 38
Vote Average: 6/10

Exit of Rip and the Dwarf

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Release On: 30th - September - 1896

Vote Count: 23
Vote Average: 4.1/10

Premiers pas de bébé

A mother takes her children for a walk, lifts her baby girl out of the buggy and gently sets her down to the ground. She then moves a few steps away and calls her name, to demonstrate that her baby can walk.

Release On: 6th - September - 1896

Vote Count: 29
Vote Average: 5.6/10

Londres, entrée du cinématographe

The facade and the traffic in front of the Cinematographe in London, close to the large ensign of the historical Empire Theatre, in London.

Release On: 9th - March - 1896

Vote Count: 30
Vote Average: 5.5/10