Silents

Canned Harmony (1912) is directed by Alice Gay Blache who was the first woman director and the first persons to direct a fiction film in 1896. She also co-owned with her husband one of the first film studios, where she posted a sign reading "ACT NATURALLY" She also directed "Algie the Miner" which is found elsewhere in the Archive.

The House of Darkness was directed by D.W. Griffith for the Biograph Company in 1913. Its theme is how music soothes the insane mind. It deals with an escaped mental patient who threatens a woman with a gun, but backs off when she plays the piano for him. It is sentimental ad many of Griffith's films are but the acting is a bit subdued for the silent film of the period. It is worth a look.

A Geroges Melies film from 1909 in which a new tenant moves in and fills the room with furniture taken from his suitcase.

This is the earliest version of this story. It was produced by the Edison Studios about 1908. There is a later version of this dream on the archive which features animation by the original author of the story, Windsor McCay

Manhatta is a A portrait of New York by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand. The title cards show quotes from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass". Listed as Public Domain by Wikipedia. "The film spans an imaginary day in the life of New York City, beginning with footage of Staten Island ferry commuters and culminating with the sun setting over the Hudson River. It has been described as the first avant-garde film made in America... It may be found elsewhewre on the Archive but I have added a jazz track from the period.

A delightful little 1908 silent comedy from Louis Feuillade of France who directed over 630 films.

The Kid was written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in 1921. It is one of the great classics of film, sound or silent. I can only suggest that you view it to see for yourself. It stars Charlie Chaplin as the tramp and Jackie Coogan as the Kid and Edna Purviance as the woman. Enjoy

The first movie version of Lewis Caroll's novel "Alice in Wonderland", directed by Cecil Hepworth. The copy is bad, but - in some degree - watchable. Listed as Public Domain by Wikipedia.

This film directed in stop motion by Emile Cohl in 1912. Cohl is considered to be the "father of animation."

Little Nemo is a very early animation (1911) drawn by Windsor McCay and based on his comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland. It is interesting in that it shows McCay drawing the pictures which will later go into the animation.

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