Sunday, March 16, 2014

1899


TITLE, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, PRODUCTION CO.
YEAR
TYPE(S)
GRADE
REVIEW
SOURCE
Adventures of a New York Drummer



SEE Strange Adventure of New York Drummer

Artist’s Dream (US, AM&B),
IMDB tt0243122 (not tt0250221)
1899


I haven’t seen this.  It’s in the museum collection Wonders of the Biograph 10: Visual Attractions (LINK).  Can you provide it to me?
EMAIL ME
Bibulous Clothier (US, Edison)
1899


I haven’t seen this.  I think the Library of Congress has a paper print.  Can you provide it to me?
EMAIL ME
Bon Lit (France, Méliès)
Un Bon Lit
1899



I haven’t seen this.  It’s been shown at Eastman House (LINK).  Can you provide it to me?
EMAIL ME
Cendrillon (France, Méliès)
1899
LW
(B+)
surreal feel, good deal.. fairy godmother (1m), the ball (1m), the time gnome (1m), the slipper (1m), dancing (1m)
LINK YT
Chevalier Mystère (France, Méliès)
1899
W
(B/B+)
knight brings to life head from chalk, gawk
LINK YT
Cinderella
Cinderella and the Glass Slipper



SEE Cendrillon

Colonne de Feu (France, Méliès)
1899
HW
(A)
demons, hand-tint, fire dance!  hail France!
LINK YT
Conjuror, The
The Conjurer



SEE Impressionniste fin de Siècle

Danse du Feu



SEE Colonne de Feu

Devil in a Convent



SEE Diable au Couvent

Diable au Couvent (France, Méliès)
1899
HR
(B+)
Satan and cohorts make the sacred stained, irreverent but contained
LINK archive
Dinner under Difficulties



SEE Salle à Manger Fantastique, 1903 US title

Eating Dinner Under Difficulties



SEE Salle à Manger Fantastique, 1903 US title

Évocation Spirite (France, Méliès)
1899
HW
(B/B+)
Méliès conjures in a frame: Satan, himself, and a dame
LINK archive
Fantastic Dining Room



SEE Salle à Manger Fantastique

Haggard’s She: The Pillar of Fire



SEE Colonne de Feu

Human Pyramid



SEE Pyramide de Triboulet

Illusionniste Fin de Siècle
Illusioniste Fin de Siècle



SEE Impressionniste Fin de Siècle

Impressionniste Fin de Siècle (France, Méliès)
Impressioniste Fin de Siècle
1899
W
(B+)
conjuring feat, short and sweet
LINK YT
Inexhaustible Cab (UK, Smith)
1899
W
(A)
crazy clown magically stuffs cab, funny and fab
LINK SMU
Maniac Barber (US, AM&B)
1899
W
(A)
barber removes head for shave, short rave
LINK SMU
Mesmerist and Country Couple (US, Edison)
1899
W
B/B+
hypnotism typified, but I think witchified, decent ride
LINK LOC
Midnight Episode



SEE Bon Lit

Midnight Fantasy (US, AM&B),
Midnight Phantasy
1899


I haven’t seen this.  It’s in the museum collection Wonders of the Biograph 9: Staging the World (LINK).  Can you provide it to me?
EMAIL ME
Mysterious Blackboard



SEE Chevalier Mystère

Mysterious Knight



SEE Chevalier Mystère, 1901 US title

Mysterious Portrait



SEE Portrait Mystérieux

Pillar of Fire



SEE Colonne de Feu

Portrait Mystérieux (France, Méliès)
1899
WX
(B)
magic mirror, I fear not much here
LINK YT
Pyramide de Triboulet (France, Méliès)
Pyramid of Triboulet
1899
W
(B-)
conjuring tangle, for the human triangle
LINK YT
Salle à Manger Fantastique (France, Méliès)
1899
GH
(A)
dinner is haunted!  family taunted!
LINK YT
Sign of the Cross



SEE Diable au Couvent

Stealing a Dinner (US, AM&B)
1899
B
(A-)
revenge of the beast!  not least.
LINK LOC
Strange Adventure of a New York Drummer
Strange Adventures of a New York Drummer,
these alternate title(s) from VHS Rare Films of Edison and Méliès



SEE Strange Adventure of New York Drummer

Strange Adventure of New York Drummer
(US, Edison),
Strange Adventures of New York Drummer
1899
W
(B+)
phantom times for drummer, film not a bummer
VHS Origins of Cinema Vol. 1
Summoning the Spirits



SEE Évocation Spirite

Table Magique,
59-second clip “Table Magique (1905)” often found on YouTube is actually Salle à Manger Fantastique (evidence LINK)



SEE Salle à Manger Fantastique

Turn of the Century Illusionist



SEE Impressionniste fin de Siècle

Upside Down, or The Human Flies (UK, Paul)
1899
TW
(B-)
by magic they rise, on the ceiling like flies, it tries
LINK YT
Up-to-Date Conjuror
Up-to-Date Conjurer



SEE Impressionniste fin de Siècle

Visit to the Spiritualist (1899, US, Edison)

1899


I haven’t seen this.  Exists in UCLA Film & Television Archive (LINK), screened at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1987 (LINK).  Can you provide it to me?


KEY

COLUMN 1
FILM TITLE.   A title in red means the film is IMO outside the Fantastic genre.  Why is it on the list?  Other list-makers called it Fantastic.
In many cases, the indefinite and definite articles THE, AN, and A, as well as non-English counterparts, such as UN, UNE, LE, LA, LES, DER (and so forth), are omitted from the beginning of the film title.

COLUMN 2
YEAR OF RELEASE.  Alternate Titles (see Column 5) left blank.  A matter of accounting.

COLUMN 3
TYPES.  See WELCOME Page (February 2013).  An interesting way to think about the genre.  Alternate Titles (see Column 5) left blank. 

(x) means the film is IMO outside the Fantastic genre. 

COLUMN 4
GRADE.  My opinion of the film.  Letter grades A+ A A-  B+ B/B+ B B-  C D F

Shorts (generally, anything under 50 minutes) and Borderline Types (J,M,Q) have their grades in parentheses.  

Non-Genre are filled in as (x).  

Alternate Titles (see Column 5) are left blank.

COLUMN 5
ONE-LINE REVIEW.  Alternate Titles begin "SEE," pointing to the Main Title.

COLUMN 6
SOURCES.  Online links provided, but today's availability may be tomorrow's scrub.

DURATION.  If any, given, for ID purposes, in minutes and seconds, as 0:30 (30 seconds), 1:00 (one minute), or 67:42 (67 minutes, 42 seconds).  Extraneous footage disregarded.

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