Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Buying a cow
    Achat embarrassant | Embarrassing purchase
    An urban husband and wife, walking in the countryside outside Paris, are so impressed with the delicious taste of a cow's milk that they buy the cow and try to bring it back to their Parisian apartment. After many misadventures, the cow is stolen right after they reach their front door.
    • Contributor: Société Des Établissements Gaumont - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - George Kleine (Firm)
    • Date: 1908-01-01
  • Film, Video
    The rival brothers' patriotism
    Patriotisme des frères rivaux
    Two brothers, Jim and Robert, who are rivals for the same woman, Mary, enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. Six months later at camp, Jim inadvertently reads Mary's letter to Robert and realizes Mary loves Robert. That same day, Jim and Robert are charged with carrying a message through enemy territory. While on their mission, Jim confesses that he read Mary's...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - American Kinema - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1911-01-01
  • Film, Video
    A visit to Theodore Roosevelt at his home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
    Original U.S. release title: Visit to the illustrious colonel | French language translation title: Visite à l'illustre colonel | Theodore Roosevelt
    First film footage taken of Theodore Roosevelt at his home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, summer of 1912. Views of the house and surrounding grounds. Roosevelt reviews his mail, assisted by his son Archie. William P. Helm, Associated Press correspondent for New York City and Washington from 1910 to 1918, who was detailed to Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt during the 1912 campaign,...
    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Theodore - Helm, William P. (William Pickett) - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch) - Roosevelt Memorial Association
    • Date: 1920
  • Film, Video
    Napoleon
    Napoléon
    Maximilien Charlier. Incomplete: film is apparently complete in three reels. LC copy combines parts of r1-3. Intertitles: Bonaparte at the Arcole Bridge; The Egyptian campaign, the pyramids; Crossing Mont St. Bernard; Fête at Malmaison Castle, Bonaparte at home; The coronation; Austerlitz, Napoleon watching the troops; Napoleon wounded at Ratisbon; The Emperor in his library, the young King of Rome; The sentinel asleep; The fire...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Charlier, Maximilien - Afi/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1909-01-01
  • Film, Video
    Indians and cow-boys
    Indians and cowboys | Original French title: Indiens et cow-boys | Indiens et cow-boys
    A captured Indian marauder is beaten by a gang of cowboys. Seeking vengeance, the Indians attack a stagecoach and abduct its passengers. The cowboys ride in pursuit and successfully rescue the captives.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - George Kleine (Firm) - Afi/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.)
    • Date: 1904-01-01
  • Film, Video
    The truth revealed
    Lavendières | Lavandières
    The young squire impudently stops at the stream where the women are washing clothes. His unsuccessful efforts to flirt with one of them, Mary, are caught in a photograph by his companion. Another of the women, Kate, plotting in conjunction with the squire, maliciously tells John, a stable hand, that Mary, who is John's sweetheart, has been flirting with the squire. John's discomfort is...
    • Contributor: Afi/Miller (Cecil) Collection (Library of Congress) - Lux (Firm) - Motion Picture Distributing and Sales Co
    • Date: 1910-01-01
  • Film, Video
    A slave's love
    Amour d'esclave | Unidentified Tempereau | Unidentified hand colored drama
    Costume drama set in Athens. Polymos lies dejectedly on a couch. He cannot be distracted by the wealth and pleasures around him and puts his hands to his temples as if he was ill. His wife, Chrysis, orders the dancer Chloe to entertain her husband. Chloe appears before Polymos and beginning slowly, she dances for him as if she were the incarnation of a...
    • Contributor: Moreau, Gabriel - Carré, Michel - Afi/Tempereau (Fred) Collection (Library of Congress) - Bennard, Darenne - Pathé Frères (France) - Capellani, Albert - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1907-01-01
  • Film, Video
    The carrot caterpillar
    Chenille de la carotte
    The carrot caterpillar hides among and feeds on the leafy foliage in carrot fields. A man demonstrates how difficult it is to detect and remove them from the carrot plants. They propel themselves with their six feet and twelve suction cups. To ward off enemies, they display two horns which secrete a malodorous liquid. Before the chrysalis stage of their development, they attach themselves...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1911-01-01
  • Film, Video
    For the papoose
    French language translation title: Pour le papoose | Pour le papoose
    A white man is tired of his Indian bride and falls in love with the daughter of a white settler. He escapes with the white girl and his child, but is pursued by his wife's brother, who in a desperate fight, kills him and rescues his sister's child.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Public Archives of Canada/Dawson City Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1912
  • Film, Video
    The clockmaker's secret
    Secret de l'horloger | Clock-maker's secret
    A clockmaker sells his soul to the devil, but good triumphs over evil in the end.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Raes (Walter K. And Marika A.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Velle, Gaston
    • Date: 1907-01-01
  • Film, Video
    La poule aux œufs d'or. [Part] 4, Le châtiment de l'avare apothéose
    Châtiment de l'avare apothéose | English release title: Hen with the golden eggs | English language part title: Miser's punishment | Alternate English release title: Hen that laid the golden eggs | Alternate English release title: Hen and golden eggs | Inventory title: Dance film | Title on AFI transfer memo: Unidentified Pathe 1905 film | Hen with the golden eggs | Miser's punishment | Hen that laid the golden eggs | Hen and golden eggs | Dance film | Unidentified Pathe 1905 film
    Beset by remorse, a man is about to slaughter a hen when the devil appears. When he takes his knife to the hen, an egg appears. It turns into a witch, casting a spell which causes the man to wake surrounded by giant hens laying giant eggs big enough for women to emerge from. Some of the women dance. The devil appears inset in...
    • Contributor: Velle, Gaston - Afi/Vermont Historical Society Collection (Library of Congress) - La Fontaine, Jean De - Mathieu, Julienne - Pathé Frères (France) - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    The golden lily
    Lys d'or | Unidentified Gaumont
    A poor, elderly violinist takes refuge in a cathedral. When he plays his violin there, the Madonna appears before him and gives him a golden lily. He tries to sell the lily to a goldsmith, but the goldsmith and his wife doubt the violinist's story. They summon guards who bring him before the Holy Office. He is found guilty and is about to be...
    • Contributor: Société Des Établissements Gaumont - Afi/Atkinson (Dennis) Collection (Library of Congress) - Perret, Léonce - George Kleine (Firm)
    • Date: 1910-01-01
  • Film, Video
    Dogs used as smugglers With contraband strapped to the backs of their dogs, smugglers set off to cross the Spanish-French border. Having been spied upon and betrayed to customs officers, a fierce skirmish results and only the dogs and a single smuggler reach their destination.
    • Contributor: Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Nfsa-Australia Collection (Library of Congress) - Hatot, Georges - Heuzé, André
    • Date: 1906-01-01
  • Film, Video
    Tristan and Isolda
    Tristano e Isotta | Tristan et Yseult | Tristain and Isolda | Tristan and Isolde
    Accompanied by his slave Rosen, Tristan journeys to Ireland to bring Isolda back to be the bride of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. Rosen, however, is jealous of her master's attentions to Isolda and attempts to poison Tristan. At the last minute, the poison is changed to a love potion, which both Tristan and Isolda drink. Once back in Cornwall, the two run...
    • Contributor: Lorenzoni, Bianca - Mastracchio, Serafino - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Falena, Ugo - Bertini, Francesca - Pezzinga, Giovanni - Shepard (David) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1911-01-01
  • Film, Video
    Christopher Columbus
    Christophe Colomb
    Reenacts scenes from the life of Christopher Columbus, including the discovery of America.
    • Contributor: Société Des Établissements Gaumont - Feuillade, Louis - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - George Kleine (Firm)
    • Date: 1910-01-01
  • Film, Video
    [The effects of new wine]
    Vin nouveau et le mal
    A family travels by train to the country for a picnic; they are served new wine at a riverside café and then they wander along the banks of a river. Several members of the party become ill and have to search for a place to relieve themselves.
    • Contributor: Société Des Établissements Gaumont - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900-01-01
  • Film, Video
    On the coast of the Bay of Biscay, France
    Sur la côte du Golfe de Gascogne
    "A travelog of the frontier dividing France and Spain, with views of the Hendaye Coast, France; the village of Fontarabia (i.e., Hondarribia), Spain; Saint Marie Gate at Fontarabia; a shopping center; homes of fishermen; the frontier of Spain; Behobie, Spain; the International Bridge between France and Spain; the beach and streets of San Sebastian; the old castle of Polignac; and the Island of Pheasants....
    • Contributor: Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - George Kleine (Firm) - Eclipse (Firm)
    • Date: 1911-01-01
  • Film, Video
    A little "Jules Verne"
    Petit Jules Verne
    A boy is put to bed by his mother, but when she leaves the room, he pulls out a book. Dropping off to sleep, he begins to dream. The wall behind him transforms into a screen, with a portrait of Jules Verne. The boy imagines the starry night sky, with comets shooting by. The gondola of a balloon parks outside his window. He climbs...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1907-01-01
  • Film, Video
    Chrysanthemums
    Original French title: Chrysanthèmes | Alternate title per MAVIS: Masson reel | Chrysanthèmes | Masson reel
    Rising from a stage are two vases which separate to reveal a female dancer behind each of the vases. They create magical circles of flowers from which other women emerge. The dancers construct an elegant floral display, in the middle of which a miniature dancer performs. Another circle of flowers is brought forward on the stage, toward the camera, and in the circle are...
    • Contributor: Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Mathieu, Julienne - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    The golden beetle
    Scarabée d'or | Golden scarab | Special effects reel
    A magician catches a bug, which he throws into a brazier he has conjured up. From the brazier emerges a woman with shimmering wings. The brazier disappears and is replaced by a water fountain. The winged woman disappears. The magician crawls around on the floor as the water turns into fireworks, and then into a spinning wheel of fire. The magician leaps and twirls,...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1907-01-01
  • Film, Video
    Liliputian dance
    Danses lilliputiennes | Special effects reel | Lilliputian dance
    A basket of flowers appears and moves by itself to the middle of a decorative arch. From the basket, a woman magician appears. From a cylinder, the magician conjures a series of tiny dancers and acrobats who perform on a table top, and in the palm of her hand. She puts dancers back into the cylinder, then stirs and shakes the contents, and out...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1906-01-01
  • Film, Video
    [Story of Christ]
    Special effects reel | Histoire de Christ
    Story of the life of Christ. Includes, among other scenes, the Nativity; Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple; Jesus walking upon the waters; Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead; Calvary; the Crucifixion; the Resurrection.
    • Date: 1905-01-01
  • Film, Video
    The enchanted glasses
    French title from AFI STAR database: Verres enchanté | Inventory title: Masson reel | Variant inventory title: Unidentified Masson | Collective title from MAVIS: Special effects reel | Verres enchanté | Masson reel | Unidentified Masson | Special effects reel
    Devilish looking man dances with a dress in his arms. The dress stands up by itself and a woman magician appears in it. She conjures six women and then makes them disappear. She magically changes into men's clothing and lines up six boxes which begin to smoke and produce six women, whose clothing transforms from formal gowns to ballet dresses. The magician makes them...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Mathieu, Julienne - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    La poule phénomène
    Phenomenal hen | Special effects reel | Chicken
    A magician produces a chicken from an immense egg, and then six chicks from eggs laid by that chicken. The chicken is wrapped in paper and put into a pot. The chicks go back into their eggs, which are broken into the pot. From the pot, the magician pulls out the chicken, alive!
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France)
    • Date: 1905-01-01
  • Film, Video
    A touching pleading
    Emouvant plaidoirie | Special effects reel
    A lawyer, pleading by the side of his client, bursts into tears with emotion and embraces the sobbing prisoner, who, while in this position, neatly steals the lawyer's watch and chain.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.)
    • Date: 1906-01-01