1900s drama films

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  1. A Corner in Wheat

    A Corner in Wheat (1909)

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    A Corner in Wheat is a 1909 American short silent film which tells of a greedy tycoon who tries to corner the world market on wheat, destroying the lives of the people who can no longer afford to buy bread. It was directed by D. W. Griffith and adapted by Griffith and Frank E. Woods from the novel The Pit (1903) by Frank Norris.


  2. A Curious Dream

    A Curious Dream (1907)

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    A Curious Dream is a 1907 short drama film based on Mark Twain's short story "The Curious Dream". Twain himself provided the following testimonial: "Gentlemen: I authorize the Vitagraph Company of America to make a moving picture from my 'Curious Dream.' I have their picture of John Barter, examining his gravestone, and find it frightfully and deliciously humorous".


  3. A Drunkard's Reformation

    A Drunkard's Reformation (1909)

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    A Drunkard's Reformation is a 1909 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. Prints of the film survive in the film archive of the Library of Congress.


  4. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909)

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1909 American film directed by Charles Kent and starring Walter Ackerman and Charles Chapman. This is the first film version of the classic play by William Shakespeare.


  5. A Railroad Wreck (Imitation)

    A Railroad Wreck (Imitation) (1900)

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    A Railway Collision (also known as A Railroad Wreck) is a 1900 British short silent drama film, directed by Walter R. Booth and produced by Robert W. Paul. The film depicts a stretch of single-track railway running through mountainous terrain on an embankment above a lake and a yacht. A goods train passes a signal, stops and begins reversing back up the track. A fast express train comes out of a tunnel in front of the goods train, on the same track. The two trains collide head-on and plunge down an embankment. It was one of a number of sensationalist "trick films" made at Paul's Animatograph Works, his studio in Muswell Hill in north London, and represents one of only a very small number of surviving films by Paul.


  6. A Rural Elopement

    A Rural Elopement (1909)

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    A Rural Elopement is a 1909 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.


  7. A Trap for Santa Claus

    A Trap for Santa Claus (1909)

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    A Trap for Santa Claus is a 1909 one-reel American silent film, a Biograph Company production, directed by D.W. Griffith.


  8. A Woman's Way

    A Woman's Way (1908)

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    A Woman's Way is a 1908 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.


  9. After Many Years

    After Many Years (1908)

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    After Many Years is a 1908 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. Prints of the film exist in the Library of Congress film archive. The film is an adaptation of Enoch Arden.


  10. An Awful Moment

    An Awful Moment (1908)

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    An Awful Moment is a 1908 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. A print of the film exists in the film archive of the Library of Congress.


  11. Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

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    Antony and Cleopatra is a 1908 film starring Maurice Costello and Florence Lawrence in the title roles, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Dramatizing the ill-fated romance between Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII of Egypt, it was the earliest motion picture to do so (Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb from 1899 doesn't deal with the classic love story).


  12. At the Altar

    At the Altar (1909)

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    At the Altar is a 1909 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey where early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based at the beginning of the 20th century. A print of this films survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress.


  13. Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes (1908)

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    Behind the Scenes is a 1908 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.


  14. The Black Viper

    The Black Viper (1908)

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    The Black Viper (aka La vipère noire in France) is a 1908 film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the beginning of the 20th century.


  15. Capital Execution

    Capital Execution (1903)

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    Capital Execution (Danish: Henrettelsen) is a 1903 silent film drama directed by Danish photographer Peter Elfelt. Based upon a true story, the short 15-minute film relates the execution of a French woman who is condemned to death for killing her two children. It was the first dramatic movie made by a Danish filmmaker, and is notable as an early example of a dramatic film that referenced action outside the picture frame. Elfelt used a typical stationary, one-shot camera position, but directed the actors to gesture and enter and exit with reference to things happening outside of the audience's view. This allowed for the development of the story beyond what was captured by camera, and expanded the dramatic scope of film.


  16. Choosing a Husband

    Choosing a Husband (1909)

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    Choosing a Husband is a 1909 American short silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Florence Barker. Its survival status is unknown, which implies that it is a lost film.


  17. Concealing a Burglar

    Concealing a Burglar (1908)

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    Concealing a Burglar is a 1908 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.


  18. Davy Crockett - In Hearts United

    Davy Crockett - In Hearts United (1909)

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    Davy Crockett – In Hearts United is a 1909 American silent starring Charles K. French as Davy Crockett, with Evelyn Graham, Charles Bauman, Charles W. Travis and Charles Inslee. The film was directed by Fred Balshofer and distributed by New York Motion Picture Co. It was commercially released on June 4, 1909 in the United States. This is believed to be the first movie ever made about Davy Crockett. The fictional romance depicted frontiersman Crockett rescuing a woman named Anna in mid-ceremony from marriage to a man she didn't love. She and Crockett rode off on his horse. They went directly to a minister who married them, and he brought her home to his mother.


  19. Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe (1909)

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    Edgar Allan Poe is a 1909 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. A print of the film exists.


  20. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda (1905)

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    Esmeralda (French: Esméralda) is a 1905 French short silent film based on the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame written by Victor Hugo. It was directed by Alice Guy-Blaché and Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset.


  21. Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison

    Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)

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    Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison is a 1901 silent film produced by the Edison Studios arms of Edison Manufacturing Company. The film is a dramatic reenactment of the execution of Leon Czolgosz by electric chair at Auburn Correctional Facility following his 1901 conviction for the assassination of William McKinley. It is considered an important film in the history of cinema.


  22. Fire!

    Fire! (1901)

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    Fire! is a 1901 British short silent drama film, directed by James Williamson, showing the occupants of a house in Hove being rescued by the local fire service. This five tableaux film, according to Michael Brooke of Screeonline, "was one of the very first films to make use of multiple shots edited together to create a chronological sequence propelling a coherent narrative along. Williamson also creates suspense by showing the audience the extent of the fire in the first shot, which heightens the sense of urgency as the fire crew (who lack this privileged information) leave the station and rush to put it out." It was released along with Stop Thief! (1901), "indicating the direction Williamson would take over the next few years, as he refined this new film grammar to tell stories of unprecedented narrative and emotional sophistication." "Brooke also states that it was, "a major influence on a pioneering American film, Edwin S. Porter's Life of an American Fireman (1903), which borrowed Williamson's narrative model and developed it further by introducing close-ups."


  23. Fools of Fate

    Fools of Fate (1909)

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    Fools of Fate is a 1909 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. A print of the film survives at the film archive of the Library of Congress.


  24. For a Wife's Honor

    For a Wife's Honor (1908)

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    For a Wife's Honor is a 1908 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.


  25. In Little Italy

    In Little Italy (1909)

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    In Little Italy is a 1909 American short silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.


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