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L'Homme à la tête de caoutchouc

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 116
Vote Average: 7.3/10

The Big Swallow

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.

Release On: 15th - October - 1901

Vote Count: 88
Vote Average: 6.4/10

Histoire d'un crime

A convicted criminal dreams about his past the night before his execution.

Release On: 30th - April - 1901

Vote Count: 30
Vote Average: 5.8/10

Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre

Time-lapse photography showing the one month-long demolition of the Star Theatre in New York.

Release On: 29th - April - 1901

Vote Count: 35
Vote Average: 6.5/10


A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 48
Vote Average: 6.2/10

What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera.

Release On: 31st - July - 1901

Vote Count: 45
Vote Average: 5.6/10


Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man sleeps, he awakes amidst flames and throws himself back on the bed. In comes a firefighter, hosing down the blaze. He carries out the victim, down a ladder to safety. Other firefighters enter the house to save belongings, and out comes one with a baby. The saved man rejoices, but it's not over yet.

Release On: 15th - October - 1901

Vote Count: 27
Vote Average: 5.9/10

Nain et géant

A magician explores two halves of his self: The Dwarf and the Giant.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 21
Vote Average: 5.5/10

President McKinley Taking the Oath

President McKinley taking the Oath.

Release On: 16th - March - 1901

Vote Count: 21
Vote Average: 5/10

Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King

Our presidential hunter runs across the landscape and falls down in the snow, gets up with his rifle, and gazes upward at a treed animal which isn't in the camera's view. He fires a shot into the tree, then leaps on the ground to grab the fallen prey, a domestic cat, finishing it off with wild blows of his hunting knife while his companions, a photographer and a press agent, record the event that will be reported far and wide as a manly moment. Teddy then rides out of the forest followed by two companions afoot, never mind that they all originally arrived afoot. Perhaps it was funnier in its day than it is now, but apparently shooting cats was regarded as funny in those days. The larger point was to use a minor whimsy as a political criticism, in this case of Teddy Roosevelt's easy manipulations of the press. It was based on two frames of a political cartoon that had appeared in the paper a mere week before the film was made.

Release On: 31st - December - 1901

Vote Count: 18
Vote Average: 3.8/10


A magician does tricks with the aid of his assistant, the Human Pump.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 27
Vote Average: 5.9/10

L'antre des esprits

A very enthusiastic magician performs several tricks.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 18
Vote Average: 5.7/10

Le diable géant ou Le miracle de la madonne

At the beginning of the scene Romeo in his gondola sings to Juliet a sentimental song, then goes away. Hardly has he departed when the colonnade falls to pieces, disclosing the devil. Juliet, frightened, runs to the window and calls Romeo. The latter attempts to enter and protect his fiancée, but at a gesture from the devil the window is instantly covered with a grating and Romeo makes frantic efforts to break it. The devil begins to dance a wild dance before Juliet, who is beside herself from terror. The devil gradually becomes the size of a giant (a novel effect). Juliet implores the statue of Madonna, which becomes animated, descends from its pedestal, and stretching out its arms orders the devil to disappear. (Méliès Catalog)

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 27
Vote Average: 5.2/10

Trapeze Disrobing Act

The stage of a vaudeville theatre. A lady in evening costume is performing on a trapeze. Two Rubes are seated in a box. The lady begins to disrobe, and here the fun commences. As she removes her garments one by one and throws them at our rural friends, they begin going through antics, which to say the least, are highly amusing. When the stockings come off, the climax takes place. The Rubes jump from their seats and make things lively for a short time in the theatre.

Release On: 11th - November - 1901

Vote Count: 6
Vote Average: 5/10

Pan-American Exposition by Night

A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of experimenting and patience, we succeeded in securing an excellent picture of the buildings at the Pan-American as they appeared when lighted up at night.

Release On: 18th - October - 1901

Vote Count: 26
Vote Average: 5.7/10

La maison tranquille

A trio of prankish boarders wreak havoc on their landlady and an intervening policeman.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 18
Vote Average: 4.9/10

La chrysalide et le papillon d'or

A man attempts to engender a transformation of a giant worm into a butterfly.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 25
Vote Average: 5.4/10

The Countryman and the Cinematograph

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel is alternately baffled and terrified, in the latter case by the apparent approach of a steam train.

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 32
Vote Average: 5.3/10

Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost

A scene from Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.

Release On: 1st - November - 1901

Vote Count: 25
Vote Average: 5.4/10

Rêve et réalité

A well-dressed, middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

Release On: 1st - January - 1901

Vote Count: 24
Vote Average: 4.8/10