1909 in Film

smoke fairy

Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy

Les Joyeux microbes

A Trap For Santa

Le Locataire diabolique

The Sealed Room

The Cowboy Millionaire

Teddy Roosevelt in Africa

Fools of Fate

La Papillon Fantastique

Mr Flip

The Red Man’s View

The Airship Destroyer

The Hessian Renegades

Oliver Twist

The Doctor’s Secret

The Golden Louis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Entrevista de los Presidentes Díaz-Taft

A Corner in Wheat


1908 in Film

The Haunted House (1908)


The Haunted House

The Thieving Hand

Magic Bricks

Trouble Of A Grass Widower

Moscow Clad In Snow

A Visit To The Seaside

Long Distance Wireless Photography

Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest

The Dog And His Various Merits

Stenka Razin

The Tempest

Dreams of Toyland

Cupid’s Pranks

Whaling Afloat And Ashore

Over The Hill To The Poorhouse

Betrayed by a Handprint

1907 in Film

dancing pig

That Fatal Sneeze

The Red Spectre

Tunneling the Channel

The Policemen’s Little Run

The Golden Beetle

The Dancing Pig

The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and Moon

The Race For The Sausage

Ride through Victoria and Vancouver, Canada

Laughing Gas

Premier Prix de violoncelle / First Prize for Cello

The Lion Hunt


Georges Mendel’s ‘La Marseillaise’

La Marseillaise 1907 Mendel

Not even close to being the first sound film, and not particularly advanced technologically (being simply a mime to a pre-recorded disc), it’s still something of a marvel to see this performance 20 years before ‘The Jazz Singer’ and a few years before even silent shorts started coming out of Hollywood. Three minutes of your time, please, for a marvel of early cinema – a man dressed as Napoleon (?) miming to the French national anthem.

1906 in Film

Three American Beauties

Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
The Story of the Kelly Gang
The Merry Frolics of Satan
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend
The Magic Roses
A Lively Quarter-Day
The Hilarious Poster
The ‘?’ Motorist
A Visit To Peek Frean and Co’s Biscuit Works
The Mysterious Retort
Three American Beauties
A Winter Straw Ride
Whitsuntide Fair At Preston

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces


Not the first animation ever, not exactly the first on film (Pauvre Pierrot holds this record, though it was figures projected on painted backgrounds), “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” is nevertheless the inception of the animated short.

With a framing device of the artist drawing on a blackboard, it prefigures artistic animation rather than the commercial sort due to take off a couple of decades later. Still, it was fun enough to keep both me and my 3-year-old son entertained for four minutes, and 112 years later I’d consider that to be a mark of quality.

1905 in Film


Rescued by Rover

La révolution en Russie

La presa di Roma

The Living Playing Cards

The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog

Halifax Catholic Procession

The Night Before Christmas

An Interesting Story

Boarding School Girls At Coney Island

The Black Imp

Ormond Beach Florida Auto Races

Baby’s Toilet

The Kleptomaniac

Special March Past of St. Joseph’s Scholars and Special Parade of St. Matthew’s Pupils, Blackburn

Airy Fairy Lillian Tries On Her New Corsets