Category Archives: 1890s

Cendrillon (Cinderella) (1899)

Georges Melies‘ films were the first of its kind. He was the original magician of film and brought the two mediums of film production and narrative into one. As absurd as some may be, there is a charm to the primitive nature.

I understand this isn’t a photograph from the film I’m writing about, but I couldn’t find any! This 3 minute long rendition of Cinderella is phenomenal. We watch it now after seeing so many versions of this one story, and its really quite funny to see it play out so quickly. After all they had no choice in these early days of film production. It’s like one second she’s a maid, the next she’s already lost her glass slipper. There are the original 10 seconds films I guess. Watch this here. It’s absolutely delightful!

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L’auberge ensorcelée (The Bewitched Inn) (1897)

After a small mishap at work tonight, I got let out early so I chose to spend my downtime watching silent shorts from the first decade of the 20th century, one that I have previously ignored. But I cannot simply begin my list at 1912 while there are years and years of information and progress in film technology that are just being neglected!

This one was great, only two minutes long, Georges just bounces around his room at an inn that is “bewitched,” where his clothing and furniture keep disappearing before his eyes. Very funny, short and sweet.