Development of a Salamander (1920s)

Early biological silent film, made sometime in the 1920s, which uses time-lapse photography to show the development of a salamander from egg to larvae. From the Dep…more

Freedom Highway (1956)

In this film from the Prelinger Archives, a Greyhound bus rides from San Fransisco to Washington D.C, transporting us at the same time through the landscape of Amer…more

Rip Van Winkle (1896)

The first film adaptation of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle”, a short story about a man who awakes after a 20 year long sleep to a huge white beard on hi…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

The Night Before Christmas (1905)

1905 version directed by Edwin S. Porter of the poem first published anonymously in 1823 and generally attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. Porter’s version is the…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

American Day in Tripoli, Libya (1962)

Filmed at Tripoli International Fairground eleven years after independence from Italian colonial rule and seven years before a group of military officers led by a 2…more

Betty Boop: Minnie The Moocher (1932)

Minnie the Moocher defined Betty’s character as a teenager of a modern era, at odds with the old world ways of her parents. In the cartoon, after a disagreement w…more

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