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Watch Passage de Venus 1874 Online

Photo sequence of the rare transit of Venus over the face of the Sun, one of the first chronophotographic sequences.


Watch Sallie Gardner at a Gallop 1878 Online

Sallie Gardner at a Gallop was one of the earliest Silent films — a production experiment by the photographer Eadward Muybridge on June 15, 1878 that led to the development of motion pictures. The motion picture consists of 24 photographs in a fast-motion series that were shown on a zoopraxiscope.


Watch Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge 1888 Online

A film by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, shot in late October 1888, showing pedestrians and carriages crossing Leeds Bridge.


Watch Accordion Player 1888 Online

The last remaining film of Le Prince’s LPCCP Type-1 MkII single-lens camera is a sequence of frames of his son, Adolphe Le Prince, playing a diatonic button accordion. It was recorded on the steps of the house of Joseph Whitley, Adolphe’s grandfather.


Watch Monkeyshines, No. 2 1890 Online

Experimental film that follows up on the results of “Monkeyshines, No. 1”. Once again, an Edison company worker moves around in front of the motion picture camera.


Watch Monkeyshines, No. 1 1890 Online

Experimental film made to test the original cylinder format of the Kinetoscope and believed to be the first film shot in the United States. It shows a blurry figure in white standing in one place making large gestures and is only a few seconds long.


Watch Roundhay Garden Scene 1888 Online

The earliest surviving celluloid film, and believed second moving picture ever created, was shot by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince using the LPCCP Type-1 MkII single-lens camera. It was taken in the garden of Oakwood Grange, the Whitley family house in Roundhay, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire (UK), possibly on 14 October 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince’s son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley (Le P…


Watch Man Walking Around a Corner 1887 Online

The last remaining production of Le Prince’s LPCC Type-16 (16-lens camera) is part of a gelatine film shot in 32 images/second, and pictures a man walking around a corner. Le Prince, who was in Leeds (UK) at that time, sent these images to his wife in New York City in a letter dated 18 August 1887.


Watch Cyrano de Bergerac 1900 Online

Considered the first motion picture to employ both color and sound, the only film record ever made of the original star of Rostand’s famous play performing a scene from his most famous role. It is accompanied by a sound-on-cylinder recording of Coquelin’s voice reciting one of Cyrano’s speeches.


Watch The Astronomer's Dream 1898 Online

An astronomer has a terrifying dream.


Watch Sherlock Holmes Baffled 1900 Online

Sherlock Holmes enters his drawing room to find it being burgled, but on confronting the villain is surprised when the latter disappears.


Watch The Cabbage Fairy 1896 Online

La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) is one of the earliest narrative fiction films ever made. It was probably made before the first Méliès fiction film, but after the Lumière brothers’ L’Arroseur Arrosé. The confusion stems from the uncertainty in the dating of these three films. Many film historians have accepted that La Fée aux Choux was made in April 1896, just a month or two before Méliès mad…