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Men Boxing
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Men Boxing

1891
Men Boxing
Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.
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Dickson Greeting
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Dickson Greeting
William K.L. Dickson brings his hat from his one hand to the other and moves his head slightly, as a small nod toward the audience. This was the first film produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company to be shown to public audiences and the press.
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Je vous aime
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Je vous aime
This early cinematic instance of a close-up—or, more accurately, a medium close-up shot of the chest and face of the maker of this film and others like it, Georges Demenÿ saying “Je vous aime”—was made at the request of Hector Marichelle, professor and director of the National Deaf-Mute Institute in France, who planned to use filmed speech to teach deaf ...
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La Vague
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La Vague

1891
La Vague
Experimental film of a wave, recorded on the bay of Naples.
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Newark Athlete
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Newark Athlete
Experimental film fragment made with the Edison-Dickson-Heise experimental horizontal-feed kinetograph camera and viewer, using 3/4-inch wide film.
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London’s Trafalgar Square
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London’s Trafalgar Square
Moving picture of London's Trafalgar Square traffic, filmed with a kinesigraph.
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Leisurely Pedestrians, Open Topped Buses and Hansom Cabs with Trotting Horses
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Leisurely Pedestrians, Open Topped Buses and Hansom Cabs with Trotting Horses
Alleged silent black-and-white short film shot at Apsley Gate, Hyde Park, London. It was claimed to be the first motion picture until pre-dating footage shot by Louis Le Prince was discovered. It was never publicly shown and is now considered a lost film with no known surviving prints or stills.
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Roundhay Garden Scene
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Roundhay Garden Scene
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 ...
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Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge
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Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge
A film by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, shot in late October 1888, showing pedestrians and carriages crossing Leeds Bridge.
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Accordion Player
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Accordion Player
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.
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Pferd und Reiter Springen Über ein Hindernis
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Pferd und Reiter Springen Über ein Hindernis
A horse with rider jumping over an obstacle. A scientific film made for the Prussian army to help their soldiers improve their horseback riding technique.
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Man Walking Around a Corner
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Man Walking Around a Corner
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.
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Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
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Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
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.
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Passage of Venus
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Passage of Venus
Photo sequence of the rare transit of Venus over the face of the Sun, one of the first chronophotographic sequences.
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Buffalo Running
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Buffalo Running
Individual photographs of the running of a buffalo shot in rapid succession.
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