Best Movies of 1899


Will Evans, the Musical Eccentric

5.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Will Evans ..
Release date: 1899-06-30

Summoning the Spirits

5.7/10 IMDB

A bearded man hangs up a wreath and, like any good magician, waves his hands inside of it and under it to show us it's only a wreath…

Starring: Georges Méliès ..
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1899-05-20

In the Grip of the Blizzard

5.8/10 IMDB

"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, and was swept in almost a complete circle, showing the tremendous drifts of snow and the blockade at 'Dead Man's Curve' in Fourteenth Street. This picture was taken during the busiest time of the day, and shows to what extent New York City was tied up by this tremendous fall of snow." (AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

Release date: 1899-05-20

Intérieur d'une imprimerie (tirage d'une épreuve)

5.0/10 IMDB

Within a printing (printing a test).

Release date: 1899-10-29

The Human Pyramid

5.2/10 IMDB

Méliès appears as a court jester (a “triboulet” in French). He pulls 18th century noblemen out of a trunk and arranges them on a pyramid-shaped stage. Next, he transforms the gentlemen into fancy ladies.

Starring: Georges Méliès ..
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1899-05-20

Ladies' Skirts Nailed to a Fence

5.1/10 IMDB

Two (cross-dressing) housewives gossip before they're abused by a couple of men. The film doesn't make clear what they're talking about or if there's a reason they're attacked, but an accompanying set of cards by the production company indicates that the ladies were engaged in a discussion about the women's suffrage.

Directed by: James Bamforth
Release date: 1899-01-01
Best Movies of 1899 : The chariot and battle of confetti

The chariot and battle of confetti

4.9/10 IMDB

This view represents the passage of a decorated chariot; The many spectators fight with confetti.

Directed by: Louis Lumière
Release date: 1899-03-10

King John

5.0/10 IMDB

Based on Shakespeare's play, Act V, Scene vii: King John is in torment, and his supporters fear that his end is near. As he writhes in agony, he is attended by Prince Henry, the Earl of Pembroke, and Robert Bigot. Prince Henry tries repeatedly to comfort his delirious father, but to no avail - John's pain is too great.

Starring: Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Dora Tulloch, Charles Sefton, J. Fisher White, S.A. Cookson, Franklyn McLeay, Lewis Waller, Julia Neilson, William Mollison, Gerald Lawrence ..
Directed by: Walter Pfeffer Dando, William K.L. Dickson, Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Release date: 1899-09-20
Best Movies of 1899 : Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge

Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge

4.6/10 IMDB

Filmed from the Brooklyn tower of the bridge, this is a panorama starting at Manhattan's Battery and then panning northward along the East River shoreline.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1899-05-20

New Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge, No. 2

4.5/10 IMDB

“This is a new negative showing the entire trip from Brooklyn to New York, in which the immense towers stand out clear and distinct against the sky. Positively the best picture of the Brooklyn Bridge yet secured.” (Edison film catalog)

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1899-05-20

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