Film History

Films Throughout The Decades: 1900-1909

I have such a love for cultural history, this includes fashion, film, music, and general history. That is what my blog is about, or what I’d like it to be about. I’ve compiled a list of all of my favourite films from every decade ranging from the 1900s to the 2000s; this is part one in the series.

I’m trying to open my blog a little bit more, writing what I want instead of what I think other people will like. I’m doing it without the fear of being judged for not keeping my blog on one narrow subject, I just want to talk about the things that I find interesting throughout history, and films definitely fit in there.

This post is focused on my favourite movies from 1900-1909. I’m including films from all over the world, as long as it was made/released during those years, it qualifies for my list.

  1. A Trip To The Moon/ Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902)

This film is one of my favourite movies of all time. This short film is written and directed by Georges Méliès – an incredible filmmaker.

The film is about a bunch of men who decide they want to visit the moon. They build a capsule in which they all fit in. After getting in the capsule, they are fired at the moon by a cannon. Once there they have an adventure and find all sorts of stuff.

Georges Méliès has such a recognisable style, he was very theatrical and almost camp. A true artist. The film makes me quite emotional, not quite sure why, I’m not complaining though! You can check the film out on YouTube, you’ll love it.

  1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

A short film about two outlaws who, surprise surprise, rob a train! This American silent movie was written and directed by Edwin S. Porter, an ex cameraman.

The film had a budget of $150, which is just over $4,300 in today’s money. The film was a huge success when it was released and is even considered the first Western film.

You can watch the film on YouTube by clicking on the video below. Go check it out!

  1. Fairyland; or The Kingdom of the Fairies (1903)

Another wonderful film by the French director Georges Méliès. This film has two names, depends on where you live. I’m from the UK so I’ll call it The Kingdom of the Fairies.

The valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a witch in order to enter her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

Again, you can watch this film on YouTube below!

  1. Bluebeard (1901)

You guessed it, another Georges Méliès movie. What can I say? I love is work and he completely owned the film industry in the very early 1900s.

This film shows a young woman who is the eighth wife of Bluebeard, a very wealthy man. But his previous seven wives have all died in very mysterious circumstances.

Just another absolutely brilliant and beautiful film that just sparks so much joy in me. I could sit and watch all of his films back-to-back without complaining at all. Check it out below!

What do you think of my list of my favourite films from the 1900s? I could have listed a lot more, but as I was going through my initial list I was so drawn to these ones. What other films would you have added to this list?

Lana.

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