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Films from the time Muybridge used a kinetiscope to make the earliest, most primitive "film" in 1878 until 1920. Many of these films were from the The Pre Hollywood Era though many of the later films of the era belong to The Silent Age of Hollywood

See also: Films of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s.


Early Films (pre-1900)
  • 1874 — The Passage of Venus: a series of photographs of the 1874 transit of Venus, shot with a "photographic revolver".
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  • 1888 — Roundhay Garden Scene and Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge — possibly the first true movies ever, and certainly the oldest known to still exist, were shot by Louis Le Prince on experimental camera.
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  • 1896 — The Kiss: the first example of a movie kiss and of a scandal caused by a movie.
  • 1896 — Rip Van Winkle: Possibly the first film with a narrative plot, however brief.

1900

  • Joan of Arc (George Méliès tackles France's heroine)

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1906

  • Dream of a Rarebit Fiend
  • The first ever feature-length film, The Story Of The Kelly Gang (approx. 1 hr), was filmed in Melbourne, Australia.
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  • A Trip Down Market Street

1907

  • Ben-Hur — 13-minute adaptation with a pre-stardom William S. Hart as Messala.note 
  • The Haunted Hotel

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  • 1915-1919: Charlie Chaplin goes into business for himself, producing and starring in a series of pioneering Slapstick comedies at Essenay, Mutual, and First National studios, including:

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The Silent Age of Animation


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