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Bataille de neige

Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of opportunity. He falls off his bicycle. He's not hurt, but he rides back the way he came, as the fight continues.

Release On: 7th - February - 1897

Vote Count: 49
Vote Average: 6.6/10

L'Auberge ensorcelée

A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles exploding, pants flying through the air and his shoes walking away by themselves.

Release On: 1st - January - 1897

Vote Count: 37
Vote Average: 6.1/10

The X-Ray Fiend

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.

Release On: 1st - October - 1897

Vote Count: 37
Vote Average: 5.5/10

Après le Bal

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

Release On: 1st - January - 1897

Vote Count: 56
Vote Average: 5.1/10

Le château hanté

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

Release On: 1st - January - 1897

Vote Count: 41
Vote Average: 5.6/10

La prise de Tournavos

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.

Release On: 1st - January - 1897

Vote Count: 23
Vote Average: 4.9/10

Bains sur la Saône

Boys diving into a river.

Release On: 20th - June - 1897

Vote Count: 21
Vote Average: 5/10

Stockholm, entrée de l'exposition

A view of the entrance to the Stockholmsutställlningen, the World Exhibition in Stockholm.

Release On: 16th - May - 1897

Vote Count: 15
Vote Average: 5.1/10

Bonne d'enfants et soldat

A maid is out walking with her young charge when a soldier takes the boy's place.

Release On: 8th - March - 1897

Vote Count: 27
Vote Average: 5.7/10

Bains en mer

Swimmers jump into the water from the docks, as a small boat passes by.

Release On: 10th - October - 1897

Vote Count: 21
Vote Average: 5.2/10

Laveuses sur la rivière

Release On: 26th - October - 1897

Vote Count: 29
Vote Average: 5.3/10

Crissie Sheridan

A woman in a white gown performs a skirt dance, using her arms to produce circles and other patterns within the folds of her costume. Her legs and feet appear to be bare. (Library of Congress)

Release On: 24th - October - 1897

Vote Count: 10
Vote Average: 4.5/10

Colleurs d'affiches

A bill poster comes upon a blank wall, and immediately puts up a poster advertising a movie show at one location.

Release On: 1st - September - 1897

Vote Count: 18
Vote Average: 4.8/10

L'hallucination de l'alchimiste

The Flicker Alley DVD "Georges Méliès: Encore New Discoveries (1896-1911)" misidentified a partial hand-colored print of the 1906 film "Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou La cornue infernale" (The Mysterious Retort) as this film, "L'hallucination de l'alchimiste" (An Hallucinated Alchemist) from 1897, which continues to be considered a lost film.

Release On: 31st - May - 1897

Vote Count: 17
Vote Average: 6.3/10

Sur les toits

Two crooks throw a lady off a roof, and a hapless policeman tries to capture them.

Release On: 18th - May - 1897

Vote Count: 22
Vote Average: 4.9/10

Entrée d'une noce à l'église

A marriage procession following the bride and her father enter a church.

Release On: 1st - January - 1897

Vote Count: 20
Vote Average: 4.8/10

Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory

“This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it is the only accurate recent portrait of the great inventor. The scene is an actual one, showing Mr. Edison in working dress engaged in an interesting chemical experiment in his great Laboratory. There is sufficient movement to lead the spectator through the several processes of mixing, pouring, testing, etc. as if he were side by side with the principal. The lights and shadows are vivid, and the apparatus and other accessories complete a startling picture that will appeal to every beholder.” (Edison Catalog)

Release On: 31st - May - 1897

Vote Count: 29
Vote Average: 5.1/10

Arrivée à Kingstown

Release On: 2nd - July - 1897

Vote Count: 0
Vote Average: 0/10

Liverpool, Lime Street

Street scene in Liverpool.

Release On: 25th - June - 1897

Vote Count: 4
Vote Average: 4.8/10

Liverpool, la rade

Liverpool, the sparse. Boats in Liverpool.

Release On: 25th - June - 1897

Vote Count: 3
Vote Average: 4.7/10