The eerie and enchanting world of early cinema

Good afternoon and Merry New Year! Just a quick post to share with you some of my favourite vintage cinema films.

Not only were people excited by the idea that movement could finally be preserved, but their story telling imagination had free reign. Enjoy!

First is the 1897 film The Dancing Skeleton by the Lumiere Brothers:

Here’s the 1903 film Kingdom of Fairies by George Melies (of a Trip to the Moon fame):

Next is the jaunty (and possibly a little creepy) 1933 experimental musical animation The Peanut Vendor by Len Lye. Annoy your friends by singing it constantly!

Next up is dancer Lina Esbrard in a 1902 film by Alice Guy-Blache (yes, lady film makers existed):

And finally I leave you with another ‘spooky’ (but quite cute) offering by Melies, the 1903 film The Monster:

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