A miracle under the inquisition 1904

Un miracle sous l’inquisition (original title)

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An executioner attempts to burn a woman at the stake but his victim comes back as an angel and gives him what he deserves.
Director: Georges Méliès
Star: Georges Méliès

Rip Van Winkle 1896


The first film adaptation of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle”, a short story about a man who awakes after a 20 year long sleep to a huge white beard on his face and a much changed world. In this footage, Joseph Jefferson, the actor most associated with the character on the 19th century stage, makes a series of short films recreating scenes from his stage adaptation.

This film is important in that it captures the work of Joseph Jefferson III, a significant comic in the American stage of the 19th century. Rip Van Winkle is the role most associated with him; he debuted it in 1859 in Washington and played it for 40 years.
He was also a teacher to actor James O’Neill, the father of playwright Eugene O’Neill.

Director W.K.L. Dickson

Production – American Mutoscope Co

starring Joseph Jefferson.

Temptations Of a great city 1911


Ved Fængslets Port (original title) – This movie has English and Danish Intertitles

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A man who is used to depending on his mother to solve his financial debts becomes involved with the daughter of a lender.

what’s fascinating about Temptations of the Great City is how well it’s structured. August Blom shows he was among Denmark’s first great directors with how he stages a basic story and makes it work so well. The acting deserves credit too. Valdemar Psilander puts on a comfortable and down to earth performance. No wonder he was such a big star in his native country. While it might not be the most remarkable movie one will ever watch, appreciate the time it was made and how well they made it considering the limited experimentation there had been on movies at such length.
Director: August Blom

Production Co: Nordisk Film Kompagni
Writers: Ljut Steensgaard, Erling Stensgaard
Stars: Valdemar Psilander, Clara Pontoppidan, Augusta Blad





A Mesmerian Experiment 1905

Despite the title, it really has nothing to do with hypnosis

Like so many of Méliès’ films, this one finds him playing the role of a magician–a common thing since in real life he was a stage magician. Here he’s heavily disguised with fake hair and a HUGE beard and a period costume. He makes a group of women appear and they dance about. Nothing is particularly noteworthy about their dancing. Then, he makes another lady appear and she does some amazing acrobatic dancing–all while wearing an outfit that sure makes this look impossible! No, this wasn’t magic–she was just very, very limber!

In the end, he does what any man would do in this situation–he turns them into ducks!


Le baquet de Mesmer (original title) also known as

Director: Georges Méliès

The Strong Arm Squad of the Future (ca 1912)

This short piece of animation was intended to accompany a “Mutual Weekly” newsreel and can thus be seen as a kind of animated political cartoon. It attacks the suffragist movement in through the use of readily recognizable stereotypes.
Production Company: Mutual Film Corp., for The Mutual Weekly

Director unknown

The Virginian 1923


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Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm. The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, takes a shine to her, and vows that he will make her love him. The Virginian’s best friend, Steve, falls in with bad guys led by Trampas. The Virginian catches them cattle rustling. As foreman, he must give the order to hang his friend. Trampas gets away and shoots the Virginian in the back. Molly nurses him to health, and falls in love with him. They plan to marry, but on their wedding day Trampas returns, looking for trouble.

—John Oswalt

Director: Tom Forman
Screenplay: Owen Wister
Story by: Owen Wister
Producer: B. P. Schulberg

Stars: Kenneth Harlan, Florence Vidor, Russell Simpson

Shinel 1926

Also Known as  The Overcoat. The film has English subtitles

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One of the most acknowledged film interpretations of classic short story “The Overcoat” (1842) by Nikolai Gogol, describing a fate of a “small person”. The tragicomic tale of the government clerk Akakiy Akakievich and his ill-fated overcoat unfolds on the snowy streets

Directors: Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg

Production Co: Leningradkino
Writers: Nikolay Gogol (novel) , Yuri Tynyanov
Stars: Antonina Eremeeva, Emil Gal, Sergey Gerasimov