Best Drama Movies of 1906
The Story of the Kelly Gang
Just as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) is testimony to German silent film art, The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) symbolises both the birth of the Australian film industry and the emergence of an Australian identity. Even more significantly it heralds the emergence of the feature film format. The Story of the Kelly Gang, directed by Charles Tait in 1906, is the first full-length narrative feature film produced anywhere in the world. Only fragments of the original production of more than one hour are known to exist and are preserved at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. (unesco.org)
The Black Hand
Two gang members send a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding money if he did not want his shop to be destroyed and his daughter Maria kidnapped. When he is unable to meet their request, they take Maria away. The Black Hand is the earliest surviving gangster film.
A new skyscraper is being built in New York City, and numerous workmen are busy at hazardous jobs high above the ground. When one of the workers, Dago Pete, deliberately starts a fight, he is immediately fired. But the discharged worker soon comes up with a plan to commit a robbery and get even. His scheme could affect the lives of several others.
The Automobile Thieves
A young couple conducts a series of robberies, followed by a chase, in which they are shot and killed.
A man kills a wealthy miser - frugal fellow, I like to think - and buries his corpse under a haystack. The murderer is haunted by the ghost of his victim....or is it his own conscience?
The Secret of Death Valley
A wife has a vision of her husband being killed. She finds the murderer and kills him.
Douaniers et fraudeurs
Smugglers land their goods. Customs inspectors spot them and take off in pursuit.
The Good Judge
A family living in poverty, in a tiny house with no furniture. When mama goes to sleep, the youngsters head out to rustle up some firewood. Apparently that's illegal, so some forest rangers seize them and the wood to bring to a well-dressed man.
Un petit frère sous les choux
A family scene: father, mother, daughter and a baby in the crub. A doctor is visiting. The family is upset. In the next scene, everyone wears black, the crib is empty. Outside, a distraught woman wanders about and leaves her infant under a cabbage.