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Maniac Chase (1904)

One of the very first screen depictions of the now familiar Napoleon delusion trope — in which a mentally ill person believes themselves to be Napoleon Bonaparte….more

Artistic Creation (1901)

A wonderful short film directed by illusionist-turned-filmmaker Walter R. Booth and produced by Robert Paul – one of the earliest examples of trickery in the editin…more

Making a Living (1914)

Making a Living (1914) marked Charlie Chaplin’s first ever film appearance. In the film he plays a lady-charming swindler, Edgar English, who runs afoul of the Ke…more

A Wake in Hell’s Kitchen (1903)

Strange little short from the American Mutoscope & Biograph Co, housed at the Library of Congress. From Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 39: This scen…more

Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style (1942)

In 1942, Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information made a short propaganda film, “Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style”, which edited footage of Hitler an…more

Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

This Keystone comedy Kid Auto Races at Venice, released on 7 February 1914, was only Charlie Chaplin’s second ever appearance on film and the screen debut of his …more

Dog Factory (1904)

A rather dark and bizarre Edison short. Two men are operating a ‘dog factory’, using a device that they call a Dog Transformator. A man brings three dogs into t…more

Your Name Here (1960)

Bizarre film from Calvin Communications, in which they satirise their own formulaic approach to industrial promotional films, showing how the idea of the “America…more

Never Weaken (1921)

American comedian Harold Lloyd’s last short film before he moved permanently into feature-length production. It is one of his trademark “thrill” comedies, fea…more

The General (1926)

A Buster Keaton classic. Johnnie loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he’s more …more

The Unappreciated Joke (1903)

A very short silent comedy from Edison’s studios, directed by Edwin S. Porter Housed at: Internet Archive Underlying Work: PD U.S. & PD 70 years | Digital Copy: N…more

Princess Nicotine (1909)

Comedic short from J. Stuart Blackton and Albert S. Smith that pits a smoker against a tiny fairy, brought to life through early special effects….more