David Harum 1915

david harum

The story of David Harum, a small-town banker, and how what he does and who he is affects the lives of everyone in his town, whether they–or he–realize it.

Director: Allan Dwan
Screenplay: Allan Dwan
Production company: Famous Players Film Company
Producer: Adolph Zukor

Stars: William H. Crane, Harold Lockwood, May Allison


Edgar Degas – Filmed Walking Down a Paris Street (1915)


Dancers at the bar

This is unique film of the Impressionist painter Edgar Degas captured walking down a street in Paris in 1915.

Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. Wikipedia


Auguste Rodin Filmed Sculpting in his Studio 1915




The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin

This is unique film of the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), working in his studio in Paris in 1915.

The footage was taken in 1915, two years before Rodin’s death. There are several sequences. The first shows the artist at the columned entrance to an unidentified structure, followed by a brief shot of him posing in a garden somewhere. The rest of the film, beginning at the 53-second mark, was clearly shot at the palatial, but dilapidated, Hôtel Biron, which Rodin was using as a studio and second home.




Claude Monet Filmed Painting Outdoors 1915

water lilies

This is unique film of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926), painting outdoors, ‘en plein air’, in his garden at Giverny.

The footage is in two segments.

Firstly we see the artist outdoors talking to a gentleman.

Then we see Monet painting a water lily-padded pond, a subject for which he is most famed.

Her Painted Hero 1915

her painted hero

A stage-struck young woman becomes an heiress, and hopes to use her new-found wealth to fulfill a fantasy.

Director: F. Richard Jones
Screenplay: Mack Sennett
Producer: Mack Sennett
Cinematography: Ernest B. Schoedsack

Stars: Hale Hamilton, Charles Murray, Slim Summerville

Fox Trot Finesse 1915

fox trot finesse

Ferdie’s wife is fox-trot crazy, wanting to go dancing all the time. To get out of it, Ferdie fakes an ankle injury. When his wife spies him walking without his crutch, she writes a letter to her stern mother, inviting her to stay with them while Ferdie heals. Rather than face his mother-in-law, Ferdie admits he was faking his injury, and tears up the letter.

Director: Sidney Drew
Producer: Sidney Drew
Production company: Vitagraph Studios
Cast: Mrs. Sidney Drew, Sidney Drew, Ethel Lee
Screenplay: Maurice Morris, M.W. Pool

Short -The Lily of Belgium 1915

The Lily of Belgium


When a young girl finds a beautiful dead lily in the woods, she asks her grandfather to tell her about it. The lily stands in splendour beside a stream, admired by the creatures of the woods. But an army of beetles, bent on conquering new territories, wants to cross the stream – and the lily is blocking their way. An unashamed allegory of the German rape of Belgium.


Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Writer: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Stars: Irene Starewicz, Jan Wichniekski

This short movie has English subtitles

Ladislas Starevich
French-Polish-Russian animator
Władysław Starewicz was a Russian, Polish and French stop-motion animator notable as the author of the first puppet-animated film. He also used dead insects and other animals as protagonists of his films. Wikipedia