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Le Voyage dans la Lune

Professor Barbenfouillis and five of his colleagues from the Academy of Astronomy travel to the Moon aboard a rocket propelled by a giant cannon. Once on the lunar surface, the bold explorers face the many perils hidden in the caves of the mysterious planet.

Release On: 17th - April - 1902

Vote Count: 1329
Vote Average: 8/10

Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show

Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

Release On: 1st - February - 1902

Vote Count: 34
Vote Average: 5.6/10

Le voyage de Gulliver à Lilliput et chez les géants

Georges Méliès' adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" is most distinguished, today, for being a color film of the classic story. Color was rare in 1902 (and many years after) as non-tinted color has to be hand painted on the film; this was an arduous task. Also notable is the film's short running time of approximately five minutes. Much of the original work is not covered, but viewers were expected to be familiar with the story, and enjoy the filmed highlights. There are a couple of scenes missing; according to contemporary reports, Gulliver's shipwreck was certainly included. You can do a lot in a few minutes, as Mr. Méliès includes a re-make of his own "Une partie de cartes" (1896), which already looked like something previously covered by the Lumière Brothers.

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 33
Vote Average: 6.1/10

Éruption volcanique à la Martinique

This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. Thousands upon thousands of tons of molten lava, sand, rocks and steam are thrown high in the air and descend with crushing force upon the unfortunate inhabitants of the doomed city of St. Pierre. This is the worst calamity which occurred since a similar eruption by Mt. Vesuvius when Pompeii was destroyed. (Lubin Catalog)

Release On: 23rd - October - 1902

Vote Count: 32
Vote Average: 5.2/10

L'Homme mouche

This is a moving picture that moves. Positively the greatest magical picture ever offered. A Hindoo magician appears and dances for the entertainment of six pretty maidens. Then, to the astonishment of all, he runs up the wall, dances and turns handsprings in mid-air, introducing many tricks that are entirely new in animated photography. The most puzzling of all the mystical series. (Star Film Catalog)

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 19
Vote Average: 5.8/10

L'Équilibre impossible

A magician along with three doppelgangers perform an elaborate balancing act.

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 19
Vote Average: 5.4/10

The Extraordinary Waiter

A Swiss tourist knocks the head off a negro waiter. (IMDb)

Release On: 1st - December - 1902

Vote Count: 3
Vote Average: 3.3/10

Sage-femme de première classe

A wonderful midwife helps a rich couple pick out a baby from her cabbage patch.

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 14
Vote Average: 4.5/10

La douche du colonel

A colonel in the military receives an unorthodox shower, an unorthodox shower indeed!

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 12
Vote Average: 4.4/10

Les Aventures de Robinson Crusoé

Georges Méliès adaptation of Robinson Crusoe, the first film adaptation of the story. Filmed in black & white, Méliès would then paint the film by hand to colour it. Originally a 15 minute film, twelve and a half minutes of painted film have been found and have been restored.

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 12
Vote Average: 5.3/10

The Interrupted Bathers

Three girls are taking a bath in a quiet, shady spot along a beautiful stream. Another young lady in bathing attire reclines on the bank. The latter suddenly discovers two hoboes coming toward the bathers and immediately gives the alarm. They throw water over the hoboes, who gather up the clothes of the fair bathers and make off, compelling the bathers to walk home in barrels. In order to conceal themselves as much as possible they hold the barrels rather high.

Release On: 22nd - October - 1902

Vote Count: 10
Vote Average: 3.6/10

Les trésors de satan

The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau, puts the seven bags in a strong box, and makes with his hands some cabalistic motions. The miser comes into the hall and is greatly astonished to find his fortune missing. He opens the coffer and immediately the bags leap out. He gathers them up and puts them back into the coffer. When he opens it again he finds that they have been transformed into seven young girls, who rush out and chase after him, beating him unmercifully. They shut him up in the coffer from which his gold has vanished. The miser pushes open the lid of the coffer, and to his profound despair finds that both young girls and money have disappeared. (This view is most sensational in its mysterious scenes.) (Star Film Catalog)

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 23
Vote Average: 5.2/10

La Danseuse microscopique

“This is an absolutely new and extraordinary subject. A juggler takes in succession about a dozen eggs out of his servant's mouth. He breaks all the eggs into a hat, and after having beaten them up after the manner of a cook, he extracts an egg as large as the hat itself. As soon as he sets this egg on the table there appears a tiny dancing girl, full of life, as big as a baby's doll, and who performs on the table some beautiful stage dances. All of a sudden she increases to the size of a ordinary woman, and jumping on the floor she delights the audience with her turns. The juggler and the dancing girl disappear in the most extraordinary way.” (Méliès Catalog)

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 12
Vote Average: 5.3/10

Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs

An early hand-tinted adaptation of Ali Baba.

Release On: 31st - October - 1902

Vote Count: 15
Vote Average: 5.9/10

Les chiens savants

A woman shows off her trained dogs.

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 13
Vote Average: 5.1/10

Jack and the Beanstalk

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 reminiscent of 'Georges Melies' , Porter uses animation, double exposure, and trick photography to illustrate the fairy's apparitions, Jack's dream, and the fast growing beanstalk.

Release On: 15th - July - 1902

Vote Count: 20
Vote Average: 6/10

Le couronnement du roi Édouard VII

King Edward VII's coronation ceremony.

Release On: 30th - August - 1902

Vote Count: 12
Vote Average: 4.8/10

Le jugement de Pâris

Release On: 1st - January - 1902

Vote Count: 2
Vote Average: 4/10

Loie Fuller

This is another short, simple dance number. It’s quite stunning and unusual though with a bat turning into a woman who proceeds to give us a skirt dance before disappearing into thin air. The dance is mesmerising with the skirt stunningly changing colour throughout the film.

Release On: 3rd - July - 1902

Vote Count: 10
Vote Average: 4.4/10

Grandpa's Reading Glass

A very clever and interesting picture. A family group composed of grandpa, mamma and several children are seen about a library table. One of the little girls takes a large reading glass, and with the other children looks at various objects about the room. As each object is inspected, it appears on the screen in enlarged form, just as it might look when viewed through a large magnifying glass. Among the objects thus shown are: 1. Little girl playing with kitten; 2. Monkey eating banana; 3. Parrot; 4. Baby's face; 5. Page from comic paper; 6. Mamma's face; 7. Mamma's eye.

Release On: 9th - July - 1902

Vote Count: 2
Vote Average: 5/10