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As Seen Through a Telescope
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directed by George Albert Smith, 1864-1959; produced by George Albert Smith, 1864-1959, George Albert Smith Films (London, England: British Film Institute, 1900), 1 min
In this short silent film, directed by George Albert Smith, a man looks through a small telescope as another man ties a woman's shoelace, lingering on the woman's ankle. The film illustrates an early use of the close-up shot.
directed by George Albert Smith, 1864-1959; produced by George Albert Smith, 1864-1959, George Albert Smith Films (London, England: British Film Institute, 1900), 1 min
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The Big Swallow
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directed by James Williamson, 1855-1933; produced by Williamson Kinematograph Company; performed by Sam Dalton, 1950- (London, England: British Film Institute, 1901), 1 min
In this silent film comedy directed by James Williamson, a man who is being filmed casually approaches the camera, getting closer and closer, and then opens his mouth and seems to swallow the camera and photographer. He then backs away for a moment, and smiles.
directed by James Williamson, 1855-1933; produced by Williamson Kinematograph Company; performed by Sam Dalton, 1950- (London, England: British Film Institute, 1901), 1 min
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The Biter Bit
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produced by Bamforth Films (London, England: British Film Institute, 1899), 1 min
In this short, silent film comedy from Bamforth Films, a man hiding behind a bush plays a practical trick on a gardener watering a lawn by kinking his hose and then releasing the kink so that the gardener is sprayed with water. The gardener finds the man and chases him.
produced by Bamforth Films (London, England: British Film Institute, 1899), 1 min
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A Chess Dispute
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directed by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943 (London, England: British Film Institute, 1903), 1 min
In this short silent film comedy directed by Robert W. Paul, two men playing chess begin arguing over a move and end up fighting on the floor.
directed by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943 (London, England: British Film Institute, 1903), 1 min
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Le cheval emballé
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directed by Louis J. Gasnier, 1875-1963; produced by Pathe Freres (London, England: British Film Institute, 1908), 7 mins
This short film, directed by Louis J. Gasnier, is an example of early French cinema.
directed by Louis J. Gasnier, 1875-1963; produced by Pathe Freres (London, England: British Film Institute, 1908), 7 mins
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Come Along, Do!
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directed by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943, Robert W. Paul (London, England: British Film Institute, 1898), 1 min
In this 41-second silent film directed by Robert W. Paul, a couple enthusiastically eats lunch on a bench in a museum.
directed by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943, Robert W. Paul (London, England: British Film Institute, 1898), 1 min
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The Countryman and the Cinematograph
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directed by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Paul's Animatograph Works and Robert W. Paul (London, England: British Film Institute, 1901), 29 secs
In this 26-second silent film directed by Robert W. Paul, a spectator (a man from the country) standing close to a screen reacts to the images in the silent film, including a dancer, a train racing toward the audience, and a romantic couple.
directed by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Paul's Animatograph Works and Robert W. Paul (London, England: British Film Institute, 1901), 29 secs
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Dewar's - It's Scotch
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directed by Thomas Edison, 1847-1931; produced by Charles Webster, International Film Mfg. Company (London, England: British Film Institute, 1898), 1 min
Claimed to be the first advertising film.
directed by Thomas Edison, 1847-1931; produced by Charles Webster, International Film Mfg. Company (London, England: British Film Institute, 1898), 1 min
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Explosion of a Motor Car
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directed by Cecil M. Hepworth, 1873-1953; performed by Henry Lawley, fl. 1900-1901 and Cecil M. Hepworth, 1873-1953 (London, England: British Film Institute, 1900), 2 mins
This short, silent trick film directed by Cecil M. Hepworth uses a stationary camera in the middle of a country road. An automobile with four passengers approaches and suddenly explodes into a heap. A policeman rushes to the scene and watches as the shattered remains of the passengers slowly float down from the sk...
directed by Cecil M. Hepworth, 1873-1953; performed by Henry Lawley, fl. 1900-1901 and Cecil M. Hepworth, 1873-1953 (London, England: British Film Institute, 1900), 2 mins
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Extraordinary Cab Accident
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directed by Walter R. Booth, 1869-1938 and Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943 (London, England: British Film Institute, 1903), 1 min
In this 50-second, one-shot silent film comedy directed by Robert W. Paul, a man and woman stand talking on the sidewalk. As he is leaving, the man backs into the path of a horse-drawn carriage and is knocked down and run over. A policeman chases and catches the driver, who is brought back to the scene to witness...
directed by Walter R. Booth, 1869-1938 and Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943; produced by Robert W. Paul, 1869-1943 (London, England: British Film Institute, 1903), 1 min
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