Best Movies of 1895
The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
A short film depicting the execution of Mary, Queen of the Scots. Mary is brought to the execution block and made to kneel down with her neck over it. The executioner lifts his axe ready to bring it down. After that frame Mary has been replaced by a dummy. The axe comes down and severs the head of the dummy from the body. The executioner picks up the head and shows it around for everyone else to see. One of the first camera tricks to be used in a movie.
Rough Sea at Dover
The surf pounds against a breakwater on which are visible several people standing. The wall looks to be about 20 feet above sea level and extend at least 100 feet into the water. A large wave rolls picturesquely along the wall toward the shore. Smaller waves follow. Then the scene changes to river water flowing. We see both shores: in the foreground a log and tree branch are visible; on the far shore, there appears to be a low wall with trees beyond it. The camera is stationary in both shots.
A man performs tricks on a theatre stage with a bowler hat and a billiards ball in equilibrium on his arms and body.
Part of the Wintergartenprogramm.
Eight circus performers known as the Grunato family perform their famous balancing act.
The Boxing Kangaroo
A man and a kangaroo stand up in front of each other with boxing gloves, and simulate a boxing match on a theatre stage.
Two men in white leotards and tights, and black slips over it, wrestle on a theatre stage.
A young woman dancer with large, flowing robes, swirls round herself quickly, making her light robe flow around her like a butterfly's wings.
Récréation à la Martinière
Students in Lyon.
Three dancers do a Russian folkloric step dance, facing the camera, in traditional clothes, fur hats and leather boots.