• Short films

    Slapstick short films - Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Chaplin...

  • Short films

    Segundo de Chomón - Spanish film pioneer

  • Short films

    Experimental and abstract short films

  • Short films

    Silent Asia - Chinese and Japanese short films

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A Corner in Wheat

A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.

A Corner in Wheat

A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    A Corner in Wheat

  • Director

    D. W. Griffith

  • Year

    1909

  • Runtime

    12 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Drama. Rural.

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door: eventually, she's through into a garden where a dog awaits. Later, in the rabbit's home, her size is again a problem. She tries to help a nanny with a howling baby, then a Cheshire cat directs her to a tea party where the Mad Hatter and March Hare dunk a dormouse. Expelled from the party, Alice happens on a royal processional: all the cards in the deck precede the Queen of Hearts, who welcomes then turns on Alice and calls on the royal executioner. Alice must run for her life.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door: eventually, she's through into a garden where a dog awaits. Later, in the rabbit's home, her size is again a problem. She tries to help a nanny with a howling baby, then a Cheshire cat directs her to a tea party where the Mad Hatter and March Hare dunk a dormouse. Expelled from the party, Alice happens on a royal processional: all the cards in the deck precede the Queen of Hearts, who welcomes then turns on Alice and calls on the royal executioner. Alice must run for her life.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Alice in Wonderland

  • Director

    Cecil M. Hepworth

  • Year

    1903

  • Runtime

    8 min.

  • Country

    UK

  • Genre

    Fantasy. Tale.

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Barcelona in Tram

Discover the streets of turn-of-the-century Barcelona seen from the perspective of a tram.

Barcelona in Tram

Discover the streets of turn-of-the-century Barcelona seen from the perspective of a tram.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Barcelona en tranvía

  • Director

    Ricard de Baños

  • Year

    1908

  • Runtime

    7 min.

  • Country

    Spain

  • Genre

    Documentary

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Blind of the Village, The

First preserved narrative film made in Valencia by Antonio Cuesta.

Blind of the Village, The

First preserved narrative film made in Valencia by Antonio Cuesta.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    El cec del poble (El ciego de la aldea)

  • Director

    Antonio Cuesta, Ángel García Cardona

  • Year

    1907

  • Runtime

    8 min.

  • Country

    Spain

  • Genre

    Drama. Rural.

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Burgos Voyage

Segundo de Chomón shows us some of the most iconic and beautiful places in the Castilian city of Burgos, in the heart of Spain.

Burgos Voyage

Segundo de Chomón shows us some of the most iconic and beautiful places in the Castilian city of Burgos, in the heart of Spain.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Burgos Voyage

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1911

  • Runtime

    4 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Documentary

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Cameraman's Revenge

Mr. Grasshopper, a jilted cameraman, takes his revenge by filming Mr. Beetle and his mistress Ms. Dragonfly and then shows the results at a local cinema where Mrs. Beetle is in the audience.

Cameraman's Revenge

Mr. Grasshopper, a jilted cameraman, takes his revenge by filming Mr. Beetle and his mistress Ms. Dragonfly and then shows the results at a local cinema where Mrs. Beetle is in the audience.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Mest kinematograficheskogo operatora

  • Director

    Wladyslaw Starewicz

  • Year

    1912

  • Runtime

    12 min.

  • Country

    Russia

  • Genre

    Animation

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Cinderella

Lotte Reiniger's recreation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale using her famous shadow technique inspired by Wayang theatre.

Cinderella

Lotte Reiniger's recreation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale using her famous shadow technique inspired by Wayang theatre.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Aschenputtel

  • Director

    Lotte Reiniger

  • Year

    1922

  • Runtime

    13 min.

  • Country

    Germany

  • Genre

    Animation

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De Brug (The Bridge)

One of the first examples of Joris Ivens' experimental documentary cinema. This silent film explores the then-newly constructed Rotterdam vertical-lift railroad bridge: its structure, mechanisms, complex actions, and the steam-powered trains and ships making use of it.

De Brug (The Bridge)

One of the first examples of Joris Ivens' experimental documentary cinema. This silent film explores the then-newly constructed Rotterdam vertical-lift railroad bridge: its structure, mechanisms, complex actions, and the steam-powered trains and ships making use of it.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    De Brug

  • Director

    Joris Ivens

  • Year

    1928

  • Runtime

    11 min.

  • Country

    Netherlands

  • Genre

    Experimental. Documentary

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Electric Hotel, The

Laure and Bertrand arrive at the Electric Hotel, where a control board allows inanimate objects to come to life. The film displays one of the earliest uses of stop motion animation in history, though it is not de Chomón's first try at this technique: his 1906 film, Le théâtre de Bob, uses animated puppets. However, Hôtel électrique is also an early use of pixilation.

Electric Hotel, The

Laure and Bertrand arrive at the Electric Hotel, where a control board allows inanimate objects to come to life. The film displays one of the earliest uses of stop motion animation in history, though it is not de Chomón's first try at this technique: his 1906 film, Le théâtre de Bob, uses animated puppets. However, Hôtel électrique is also an early use of pixilation.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Hôtel électrique (el hotel eléctrico)

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1908

  • Runtime

    9 min.

  • Country

    Spain/France

  • Genre

    Fantasy. Comedy

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Electric House, The

Botany major Buster mistakenly graduates in electrical engineering and is hired to wire a new home. He installs lots of fanciful gadgets. The one who should have received the degree gets even by rewiring all the gadgets to wreak havoc.

Electric House, The

Botany major Buster mistakenly graduates in electrical engineering and is hired to wire a new home. He installs lots of fanciful gadgets. The one who should have received the degree gets even by rewiring all the gadgets to wreak havoc.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    The Electric House

  • Director

    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

  • Year

    1922

  • Runtime

    19 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Comedy

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Emak-Bakia

Emak-Bakia shows elements of fluid mechanical motion in parts, rotating artifacts showing his ideas of everyday objects being extended and rendered useless. Kiki of Montparnasse (Alice Prin) is shown driving a car in a scene through a town. Towards the middle of the film, Jacques Rigaut appears dressed in female clothing and make-up. The film features sculptures by Pablo Picasso, and some of Man Ray's mathematical objects both still and animated using a stop motion technique.

Emak-Bakia

Emak-Bakia shows elements of fluid mechanical motion in parts, rotating artifacts showing his ideas of everyday objects being extended and rendered useless. Kiki of Montparnasse (Alice Prin) is shown driving a car in a scene through a town. Towards the middle of the film, Jacques Rigaut appears dressed in female clothing and make-up. The film features sculptures by Pablo Picasso, and some of Man Ray's mathematical objects both still and animated using a stop motion technique.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Emak-Bakia

  • Director

    Man Ray

  • Year

    1926

  • Runtime

    19 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Experimental. Surrealism.

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Falling Leaves

This autumn, Dr. Earl Headley is eagerly demonstrating what seems to be a miraculous cure for tuberculosis. Yet not far from where he is working, the disease seems ready to claim yet another life, a young woman named Winifred, who is already seriously ill. Winifred's mother and younger sister Trixie are devastated by the news. When Trixie hears the family doctor say of Winifred that "when the last leaf falls, she will have passed away", she interprets the doctor's words literally. Thinking over what she has heard, she determines to do everything possible to save her sister.

Falling Leaves

This autumn, Dr. Earl Headley is eagerly demonstrating what seems to be a miraculous cure for tuberculosis. Yet not far from where he is working, the disease seems ready to claim yet another life, a young woman named Winifred, who is already seriously ill. Winifred's mother and younger sister Trixie are devastated by the news. When Trixie hears the family doctor say of Winifred that "when the last leaf falls, she will have passed away", she interprets the doctor's words literally. Thinking over what she has heard, she determines to do everything possible to save her sister.

Data Sheet

  • Director

    Falling Leaves

  • Director

    Alice Guy

  • Year

    1912

  • Runtime

    12 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Drama

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Fantasmagorie

The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Fantasmagorie

The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Fantasmagorie

  • Director

    Émile Cohl

  • Year

    1908

  • Runtime

    2 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Animation

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Felix Goes West

The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Felix Goes West

The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Felix the Cat: Goes West

  • Director

    Émile Cohl

  • Year

    1908

  • Runtime

    2 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Animation

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Fighting Friends

Two friends live together in a poor neighborhood in Tokyo, sharing everything in life. Everything is going well until they rescue a young woman injured in a car accident, who has nowhere to go, so she becomes their maid.

Fighting Friends

Two friends live together in a poor neighborhood in Tokyo, sharing everything in life. Everything is going well until they rescue a young woman injured in a car accident, who has nowhere to go, so she becomes their maid.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Wasei kenka tomodachi

  • Director

    Yasujiro Ozu

  • Year

    1929

  • Runtime

    14 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Drama. Romance

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Filmstudie

Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads..

Filmstudie

Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Filmstudie

  • Director

    Hans Richter

  • Year

    1926

  • Runtime

    4 min.

  • Country

    Germany

  • Genre

    Experimental

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée but on his wedding night, he is visited by the monster. A fight ensues but the monster, seeing himself in a mirror, is horrified and runs away. He later returns, entering the new bride's room, and finds her alone.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée but on his wedding night, he is visited by the monster. A fight ensues but the monster, seeing himself in a mirror, is horrified and runs away. He later returns, entering the new bride's room, and finds her alone.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Frankenstein

  • Director

    J. Searle Dawley

  • Year

    1910

  • Runtime

    13 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Horror

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Get Out and Get Under

A young man is awakened from a nightmare by the telephone ringing - his girlfriend is calling him because he is late for an amateur theatrical production. But before he can leave, he gets into an argument with his neighbor. Then, soon after he gets on the road, his car stalls. If he cannot get to the theater quickly, he might be replaced in the play by a rival.

Get Out and Get Under

A young man is awakened from a nightmare by the telephone ringing - his girlfriend is calling him because he is late for an amateur theatrical production. But before he can leave, he gets into an argument with his neighbor. Then, soon after he gets on the road, his car stalls. If he cannot get to the theater quickly, he might be replaced in the play by a rival.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Get Out and Get Under

  • Director

    Hal Roach

  • Year

    1920

  • Runtime

    25 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Comedy

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Haunted Mill, The

Dutch girl Johanna loves poor Joachim, but marries the wealthy Miller. When Miller finds the two lovers, he decides to takes revenge. A beautiful expressionist film, with a strong visual impact.

Haunted Mill, The

Dutch girl Johanna loves poor Joachim, but marries the wealthy Miller. When Miller finds the two lovers, he decides to takes revenge. A beautiful expressionist film, with a strong visual impact.

Data Sheet

  • Original Title

    Le moulin maudit

  • Director

    Alfred Machin

  • Year

    1909

  • Runtime

    5 min.

  • Country

    Belgium

  • Genre

    Drama

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Jiraiya the Hero

One of the very few surviving films featuring Matsunosuke Onoe (1875-1926), the first movie star in Japan, who starred in more than 1,000 films. It is based on the fantastic tale of Jiraiya, the hero of a ninja novel adapted from a famous Chinese story which was so popular that from 1839 onwards it was serialized for over 30 years, and then became a staple of kabuki theatre. 

Jiraiya the Hero

One of the very few surviving films featuring Matsunosuke Onoe (1875-1926), the first movie star in Japan, who starred in more than 1,000 films. It is based on the fantastic tale of Jiraiya, the hero of a ninja novel adapted from a famous Chinese story which was so popular that from 1839 onwards it was serialized for over 30 years, and then became a staple of kabuki theatre. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Goketsu Jiraiya

  • Director

    Shôzô Makino

  • Year

    1921

  • Runtime

    21 min.

  • Country

    Japan

  • Genre

    Adventures

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Kiri-Kis (Les Kiriki)

A family troupe of acrobats, made up to appear Japanese, perform various unbelievable stunts in front of the camera, achieved through a trick of the camera.

Kiri-Kis (Les Kiriki)

A family troupe of acrobats, made up to appear Japanese, perform various unbelievable stunts in front of the camera, achieved through a trick of the camera.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Les Kiriki (acróbatas japoneses)

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1907

  • Runtime

    3 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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La Boîte à Cigares

In a hall, there is a kind of big box. In different choreographies, beautiful damsels emerge from it, changing their costumes. 

La Boîte à Cigares

In a hall, there is a kind of big box. In different choreographies, beautiful damsels emerge from it, changing their costumes. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    La Boîte à Cigares

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1907

  • Runtime

    4 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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La Grenouille (The Frog)

From the rocky center of a fountain a fairy emerges, and with a wave of her wand she causes to appear a huge, green bullfrog, which begins to hop around the fountain.

La Grenouille (The Frog)

From the rocky center of a fountain a fairy emerges, and with a wave of her wand she causes to appear a huge, green bullfrog, which begins to hop around the fountain.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    La Grenouille

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1908

  • Runtime

    4 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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La Maison Ensorcelée (The House of Ghosts)

Sheltering from the rain, a group of people arrives at an isolated house in the middle of the countryside where they intend to spend the night.

La Maison Ensorcelée (The House of Ghosts)

Sheltering from the rain, a group of people arrives at an isolated house in the middle of the countryside where they intend to spend the night.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    La Maison Ensorcelée

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1907

  • Runtime

    6 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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Laborer's Love

Cheng the fruit seller is in love with the daughter of his neighbor the doctor, but the good doctor won't let him marry her unless Chang finds him more patients. With some creative carpentering, Chang sets about augmenting the doctor's income.

Laborer's Love

Cheng the fruit seller is in love with the daughter of his neighbor the doctor, but the good doctor won't let him marry her unless Chang finds him more patients. With some creative carpentering, Chang sets about augmenting the doctor's income.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Lao gong zhi ai qing

  • Director

    Zhang Shi Chuan

  • Year

    1922

  • Runtime

    30 min.

  • Country

    China

  • Genre

    Comedy

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Lichtspiel, op. I-IV

Released in 1921, although almost finished in 1919, it is considered the first absolutely abstract film. Instead of containing descriptions of reality, it consists of a succession of colours and forms, in accordance with the author's manifesto "Painting with Light". 

Lichtspiel, op. I-IV

Released in 1921, although almost finished in 1919, it is considered the first absolutely abstract film. Instead of containing descriptions of reality, it consists of a succession of colours and forms, in accordance with the author's manifesto "Painting with Light". 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Lichtspiel

  • Director

    Walter Ruttmann

  • Year

    1921-25

  • Runtime

    23 min.

  • Country

    Germany

  • Genre

    Experimental

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L'Iris Fantastique

A fairy emerges from a flower and unites with other flower creatures.

L'Iris Fantastique

A fairy emerges from a flower and unites with other flower creatures.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    L'Iris Fantastique

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1912

  • Runtime

    4 min.

  • Country

    Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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Little Match Girl, The

A stylish short-film updating of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale...

Little Match Girl, The

A stylish short-film updating of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale...

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    La Petite Marchande d'allumettes

  • Director

    Jean Renoir

  • Year

    1928

  • Runtime

    32 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Drama

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Manhatta

Morning reveals New York harbor, the wharves, the Brooklyn Bridge. A ferry boat docks, disgorging its huddled mass. People move briskly along Wall St. or stroll more languorously through a cemetery. Ranks of skyscrapers extrude columns of smoke and steam. In plain view. Or framed, as through a balustrade...

Manhatta

Morning reveals New York harbor, the wharves, the Brooklyn Bridge. A ferry boat docks, disgorging its huddled mass. People move briskly along Wall St. or stroll more languorously through a cemetery. Ranks of skyscrapers extrude columns of smoke and steam. In plain view. Or framed, as through a balustrade...

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Manhatta

  • Director

    Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler

  • Year

    1921

  • Runtime

    10 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Documentary

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Miss Ledyia

Miss Ledyia Katson and her millionaire uncle arrive from the United States to Pontevedra, visiting the island of La Toja. There they meet the kings of Swabia, who are incognito and are threatened by the arrival of an anarchist who intends to carry out an attack.

Miss Ledyia

Miss Ledyia Katson and her millionaire uncle arrive from the United States to Pontevedra, visiting the island of La Toja. There they meet the kings of Swabia, who are incognito and are threatened by the arrival of an anarchist who intends to carry out an attack.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Miss Ledyia

  • Director

    Xosé Gil

  • Year

    1916

  • Runtime

    22 min.

  • Country

    Spain

  • Genre

    Thriller

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Momotaro

An old couple finds a child in a fruit.

Momotaro

Miss Ledyia Katson and her millionaire uncle arrive from the United States to Pontevedra, visiting the island of La Toja. There they meet the kings of Swabia, who are incognito and are threatened by the arrival of an anarchist who intends to carry out an attack.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Nihon-ichi Momotarô

  • Director

    Sanae Yamamoto

  • Year

    1928

  • Runtime

    11 min.

  • Country

    Japan

  • Genre

    Animation

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Murder and Burial of José Canalejas

Short film reconstructing the assassination of José Canalejas in Madrid's Puerta del Sol. After the reconstruction, real images of his funeral are shown. José Isbert plays the assassin Manuel Pardiñas, a role that was his first appearance in a film. 

Murder and Burial of José Canalejas

Short film reconstructing the assassination of José Canalejas in Madrid's Puerta del Sol. After the reconstruction, real images of his funeral are shown. José Isbert plays the assassin Manuel Pardiñas, a role that was his first appearance in a film. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Asesinato y entierro de Don José Canalejas

  • Director

    Enrique Blanco, Adelardo Fernández Arias

  • Year

    1912

  • Runtime

    7 min.

  • Country

    Spain

  • Genre

    Documentary

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Old Toledo

This is the first recording, found to date, of Toledo. Filmed by Segundo de Chomón and released in March 1912 for a French audience as a documentary. 

Old Toledo

This is the first recording, found to date, of Toledo. Filmed by Segundo de Chomón and released in March 1912 for a French audience as a documentary.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    L'Antique Toledo

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1912

  • Runtime

    3 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Documentary

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One Week

Buster gets married, and as a wedding present his uncle gives him and his new bride some land and a house to go with it, but only when they get to the lot do they realised that the house is not yet assembled!

One Week

Buster gets married, and as a wedding present his uncle gives him and his new bride some land and a house to go with it, but only when they get to the lot do they realised that the house is not yet assembled!

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    One Week

  • Director

    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

  • Year

    1920

  • Runtime

    19 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Comedy

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Papillons Japonais

Segundo de Chomón explores the magic of dance and fantasy in this short film from the first decade of the century, a clear example of the Spanish filmmaker's style.

Papillons Japonais

Segundo de Chomón explores the magic of dance and fantasy in this short film from the first decade of the century, a clear example of the Spanish filmmaker's style.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Les Papillons Japonais

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1920

  • Runtime

    4 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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Paris qui dort

Early roots of sci-fi magic are given to us in the form of a scientist who invents a ray that makes people caught in its beam fall asleep where they stand. With magical and wonderful shots of a Paris long gone, it is the adventure of a group of unaffected who with their sudden freedoms play the game of mice while the cat is away.

Paris qui dort

Early roots of sci-fi magic are given to us in the form of a scientist who invents a ray that makes people caught in its beam fall asleep where they stand. With magical and wonderful shots of a Paris long gone, it is the adventure of a group of unaffected who with their sudden freedoms play the game of mice while the cat is away.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Paris qui dort

  • Director

    René Clair

  • Year

    1924

  • Runtime

    35 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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Regen (Rain)

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Regen (Rain)

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Regen

  • Director

    Joris Ivens

  • Year

    1929

  • Runtime

    35 min.

  • Country

    Netherlands

  • Genre

    Documentary. Experimental

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Return to Reason

Experimental film, white specks, and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films.

Return to Reason

Experimental film, white specks, and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Le Retour à la Raison

  • Director

    Man Ray

  • Year

    1923

  • Runtime

    3 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Experimental

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Rhythmus 21

Hans Richter's first film, belonging to the "absoluten Films" movement. Three minutes of visual geometry, constantly changing size and shape.

Rhythmus 21

Hans Richter's first film, belonging to the "absoluten Films" movement. Three minutes of visual geometry, constantly changing size and shape.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Rhythmus 21

  • Director

    Hans Richter

  • Year

    1923

  • Runtime

    3 min.

  • Country

    Germany

  • Genre

    Experimental. Animation

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Romance Sentimentale

A short film-essay in which images comment on a song. 

Romance Sentimentale

A short film-essay in which images comment on a song. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Romance Sentimentale

  • Director

    Sergei Eisenstein

  • Year

    1930

  • Runtime

    20 min.

  • Country

    France/USSR

  • Genre

    Experimental

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Santa Claus

Two children sneak out of their bedroom on the night of December 24, so that they can ask 'Santa Claus' where he lives and what he does the rest of the year.

Santa Claus

Two children sneak out of their bedroom on the night of December 24, so that they can ask 'Santa Claus' where he lives and what he does the rest of the year.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Santa Claus

  • Director

    Frank E. Kleinschmidt

  • Year

    1925

  • Runtime

    29 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Fantasy. Children

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Satan at Play

In an unnamed place, his majesty Satan is bored. Despite his servants exertions, nothing can be found to cheer him up.

Satan at Play

In an unnamed place, his majesty Satan is bored. Despite his servants exertions, nothing can be found to cheer him up.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Satan s'amuse

  • Director

    Segundo de Chomón

  • Year

    1907

  • Runtime

    10 min.

  • Country

    France/Spain

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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The Devilish Tenant

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

The Devilish Tenant

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Le locataire diabolique

  • Director

    Georges Méliès

  • Year

    1909

  • Runtime

    6 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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The Goat

Buster is inadvertently identified as the notorious outlaw Dead Shot Dan. He is pursued throughout the city by the local police chief, using disguises and quick-thinking to elude the lawman. 

The Goat

Buster is inadvertently identified as the notorious outlaw Dead Shot Dan. He is pursued throughout the city by the local police chief, using disguises and quick-thinking to elude the lawman. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    The Goat

  • Director

    Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair

  • Year

    1921

  • Runtime

    24 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Comedy

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The Great Train Robbery

A breakthrough achievement in motion picture history, this film stood out at the time for its length, its choice of genre (the "western"), as well as technical advancements, including its use of close-ups and Porter's decision to move the camera from side-to-side (what we now refer to as "panning"). 

The Great Train Robbery

A breakthrough achievement in motion picture history, this film stood out at the time for its length, its choice of genre (the "western"), as well as technical advancements, including its use of close-ups and Porter's decision to move the camera from side-to-side (what we now refer to as "panning"). 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    The Great Train Robbery

  • Director

    Edwin S. Porter

  • Year

    1903

  • Runtime

    10 min.

  • Country

    USA

  • Genre

    Western

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The Star of Bethlehem

Silhouette animation of the story of the birth of Jesus by the great Lotte Reiniger, creator of "The Adventures of Prince Achmed".

The Star of Bethlehem

Silhouette animation of the story of the birth of Jesus by the great Lotte Reiniger, creator of "The Adventures of Prince Achmed".

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Der Stern von Bethlehem

  • Director

    Lotte Reiniger

  • Year

    1921

  • Runtime

    11 min.

  • Country

    Germany

  • Genre

    Animation

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Trip to the Moon

Six brave astronomers plan a voyage from Earth to the Moon. They build a space capsule in the shape of a bullet and a huge cannon to shoot it into space. 

Trip to the Moon

Six brave astronomers plan a voyage from Earth to the Moon. They build a space capsule in the shape of a bullet and a huge cannon to shoot it into space. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Le Voyage dans la Lune

  • Director

    Georges Méliès

  • Year

    1902

  • Runtime

    14 min.

  • Country

    France

  • Genre

    Fantasy

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Tusalava

Len Lye's first animation painted directly on celluloid. The film depicts the evolution of a single-celled organism transforming into more complex organic forms, images of tribal cultures, and contemporary modernist concepts. 

Tusalava

Len Lye's first animation painted directly on celluloid. The film depicts the evolution of a single-celled organism transforming into more complex organic forms, images of tribal cultures, and contemporary modernist concepts. 

Data Sheet

  • Original title

    Tusalava

  • Director

    Len Lye

  • Year

    1929

  • Runtime

    10 min.

  • Country

    UK

  • Genre

    Animation. Experimental