Best Movies of 1900


The Enchanted Drawing

A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad.
Starring: J. Stuart Blackton
Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1900-11-16

The House That Jack Built

A cleverly conceived picture of a little boy and girl with building blocks. The little girl has erected a pretty structure, which the boy proceeds to demolish with pokes of his fingers. When the demolition of the house is completed, the film is shown in reverse, and the little building comes back to its original form in a most marvellous manner.
Starring: Dorothy Smith, Harold Smith
Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1900-09-10

Sherlock Holmes Baffled

Sherlock Holmes enters his drawing room to find it being burgled, but on confronting the villain is surprised when the latter disappears.
Directed by: Arthur Marvin
Release date: 1900-05-21

Exploding a Whitehead Torpedo

The title pretty much tells you all there is to know about this Edison film. It runs a very brief 27-seconds and shows a torpedo hitting its target and going off. I think the most fascinating thing about this is that we get a pretty close shot of the explosion and its aftermath. It was rather funny seeing this large explosion and especially seeing how long it took for everything that flew up in the air to land back down.
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-05-21

Burning of the Standard Oil Co.'s Tanks, Bayonne, N.J.

Release date: 1900-07-11

Attack on a Mission Station

A couple is attacked by warriors.
Release date: 1900-07-08

The Dispatch Bearer

A dispatch rider gets through a Boer ambush.
Release date: 1900-09-22

Skating in Central Park

An interesting view of Central Park before there was a skyline of buildings. All along the length of the park on both sides and to the north, with the exception of the Dakota Apartments located at 72nd Street and Central Park West, It was virtually impossible to see anything other than sky above the trees. In the nineteenth century when people went to visit the park, they really were leaving the "city."
Release date: 1900-02-01

Panorama of Place de l'Opéra

James White, the Edison Company's main filmmaker at the time, realized a burst of creativity during his visit to the 1900 Paris Exposition. It's uncertain who his cameraman was for this journey, but historian Charles Musser suggests that it might've been Alfred C. Abadie. In their Paris Exposition films, they introduced tilting (see 'Panorama of Eiffel Tower') and, although panning and panoramas had already been around for a while, they introduced some novel functions for them.
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1900-08-21

Neptune's Daughters

A combination of the picture entitled "The Ballet of the Ghosts," and a surf scene; the resulting effect being that the ghostly figures rise up out of the surf and come to the shore, cast their draperies aside and dance a few steps of the ballet, after which they again take up their draperies, and having covered themselves, retreat into the waves.
Directed by: Frederick S. Armitage
Release date: 1900-12-21

Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel

Uncle Josh returns in this sequel to UNCLE JOSH'S NIGHTMARE. This time he checks into a hotel, presumably to get a better nights rest than he got at home. Of course the way bad luck follows Josh around we know this is a forlorn hope. Sure enough, quicker than you can say "Georges Méliès" a ghost pops up to make sure Uncle Josh is denied yet another good nights rest.
Starring: Charles Manley
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1900-01-01

Whiz Kids

Through the use of interaction, repetition and imitation, the culturally diverse WHIZ KIDS are sure to capture your childs imagination and sense of fun. Tots learn ABCs, numbers, colors, animals, and more! Enjoy fun, easy to follow original songs. A first-rate learning tool just for preschoolers, best of all its taught by KIDS!
Release date: 1900-01-01

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