“Dickson Greeting” (1891) IMDb

Commentary

Apparently the first physical film shown to the public, namely some women's club heads visiting Edison's studio. Like other early Edison Manufacturing Company films, this was viewed through the window of a cabinet called the Kinetoscope, not projected on a screen, but were literally films of thin translucent material. They're mostly experiments around the idea of being able to record and recall motion from anywhere, mostly lacking in content.

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“Blacksmith Scene” (1893) IMDb

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The leftmost man does not really drink, instead performing.

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“Annie Oakley” (1894) IMDb

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“Athlete with Wand” (1894) IMDb

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“Bucking Broncho” (1894) IMDb

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“Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph” (1894) IMDb

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“Glenroy Brothers” (1894) IMDb

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“Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze” (1894) IMDb

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“Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope” (1894) IMDb

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“Dickson Experimental Sound Film” (1894) IMDb

Categorization

Oldest extant sound film.

Commentary

Adorable.

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“Buffalo Dance” (1894) IMDb

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“Annabelle Serpentine Dance” (1895) IMDb

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“Feeding the Doves” (1896) IMDb

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“Falls of Minnehaha” (1897) IMDb

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“Sutro Baths, No. 1” (1897) IMDb

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“Fast Mail, Northern Pacific Railroad” (1897) IMDb

Commentary

The composition emphasizes the size of the train, showing development in the genre.

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“Hockey Match on the Ice” (1898) IMDb

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“Tourists Going Round Yellowstone Park” (1899) IMDb

Commentary

No attempt to show nature; all you need is moving wagons.

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Also early Edison:

“Arabian Gun Twirler” (1899) IMDb

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Commentary

Apparently the man (Hadji Cheriff) is authentic, which shows some ambition.

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“Battle of Mafeking” (1900) IMDb

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Categorization

Reenactment.

Commentary

Prefigures fiction film epics, but quite poorly done.

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“White Horse Rapids” (1900) IMDb

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“Champs de Mars” (1900) IMDb

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“Bird's-Eye View of Dock Front, Galveston” (1900) IMDb

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“Army Pack Train Bringing Supplies” (1906) IMDb

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