Best Fantasy Movies of 1909


A Midsummer Night's Dream

5.7/10 IMDB

The worlds first screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

Starring: Maurice Costello, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Walter Ackerman ..
Directed by: Charles Kent, J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1909-12-25


7.5/10 IMDB

Faust, an aged philosopher and magician who has grown weary of life and has sought in vain for the secret of eternal youth, decides, after a night's long vigil, to call forth from the realms of darkness the evil one to aid him. Mephistopheles appears and offers him his services in return for Faust's soul. The aged philosopher refuses to accept until the devil shows him a vision of Marguerite in all her maiden simplicity and beauty. Faust agrees to accept the compact providing Mephistopheles will give him youth, wealth and love.

Starring: William Sorelle ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1909-12-24

Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy

6.5/10 IMDB

A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy smoking a cigarette. Next, he leaves briefly while his smoking paraphenalia clears itself from the table and the flower reassembles itself into a cigar. He lights the cigar, then breaks a bottle containing the fairy, who interacts with him in various ways reeling from his cigar smoke, building a bonfire that he extinguishes, etc.

Starring: Paul Panzer, Gladys Hulette ..
Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1909-08-10
Best Fantasy Movies of 1909 : The Spider and the Butterfly

The Spider and the Butterfly

6.2/10 IMDB

Surviving fragment of a longer film. A magician makes a butterfly woman appear, and a woman in a star. Exhausted, the magician falls asleep and the star woman turns into a spider, dragging the butterfly into her web.

Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1909-01-01

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