“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 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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Early Edison:

“Blacksmith Scene” (1893) IMDb

Commentary

The leftmost man does not really drink, instead performing.

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Early Edison:

“Annie Oakley” (1894) IMDb

Early Edison:

“Athlete with Wand” (1894) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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Early Edison:

“Bucking Broncho” (1894) IMDb

Early Edison:

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

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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Early Edison:

“Glenroy Brothers” (1894) IMDb

Early Edison:

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

Early Edison:

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

Early Edison:

“Dickson Experimental Sound Film” (1894) IMDb

Categorization

Oldest extant sound film.

Commentary

Adorable.

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Early Edison:

“Buffalo Dance” (1894) IMDb

Early Edison:

“Annabelle Serpentine Dance” (1895) IMDb

Early Edison:

“Feeding the Doves” (1896) IMDb

Early Edison:

“Falls of Minnehaha” (1897) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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Early Edison:

“Sutro Baths, No. 1” (1897) IMDb

Early Edison:

“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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Early Edison:

“Hockey Match on the Ice” (1898) IMDb

Early Edison:

“Tourists Going Round Yellowstone Park” (1899) IMDb

Commentary

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

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Early Edison:

“Arabian Gun Twirler” (1899) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

Commentary

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

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Early Edison:

“Battle of Mafeking” (1900) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

Categorization

Reenactment.

Commentary

Prefigures fiction film epics, but quite poorly done.

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Early Edison:

“White Horse Rapids” (1900) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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Early Edison:

“Champs de Mars” (1900) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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Early Edison:

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

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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Early Edison:

“Army Pack Train Bringing Supplies” (1906) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2013.

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