Collection Items

  • 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: American Kinema - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1911
  • 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: Afi/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Charlier, Maximilien
    • Date: 1909
  • Film, Video
    Indians and cow-boys
    Indians and cowboys | 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: Afi/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress) - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - George Kleine (Firm) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc
    • Date: 1904
  • 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: Capellani, Albert - Moreau, Gabriel - Afi/Tempereau (Fred) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Carré, Michel - Bennard, Darenne
    • Date: 1907
  • 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
  • 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: Afi/Raes (Walter K. And Marika A.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Velle, Gaston - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Pathé Frères (France)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    La poule aux œufs d'or. [Part] 4, Le châtiment de l'avare apothéose
    Châtiment de l'avare apothéose | 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: La Fontaine, Jean De - Velle, Gaston - Afi/Vermont Historical Society Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Mathieu, Julienne - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1905
  • 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: Heuzé, André - Afi/Nfsa-Australia Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Hatot, Georges
    • Date: 1906
  • 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: Falena, Ugo - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Shepard (David) Collection (Library of Congress) - Mastracchio, Serafino - Pezzinga, Giovanni - Bertini, Francesca - Lorenzoni, Bianca
    • Date: 1911
  • 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) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    Chrysanthemums
    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: Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Pathé Frères (France) - Mathieu, Julienne - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1907
  • 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
  • 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: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Chomón, Segundo De
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    The enchanted glasses
    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 (U.S.) - Pathé Frères (France) - Mathieu, Julienne - 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
  • 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: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Pathé Frères (France) - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video
    Afraid of microbes
    Peur des microbes | Fear of microbes | Fear of the microbes | Unidentified John Jones.
    A man who fears the influenza microbe buys an antiseptic spray from a pharmacist. On his way home, he insists on spraying everyone he encounters, including the police. A growing group of outraged people chases and captures him. He is tied up and doused with water.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    Lost a pretty little dog
    Cent francs à qui rapportera | Lost, a pretty dog | Unidentified John Jones.
    A woman and her mother bring a little dog home from a dog shelter in Gennevilliers. The woman's husband comes home, is displeased, and pays a man to steal the dog. The woman is distraught and offers a reward for the return of the dog. The man who stole the dog returns it and receives the reward, just as the husband comes home. The...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    At the dentist's
    Chez le dentiste | At the dentist | Unidentified John Jones.
    Four men with toothaches sit in a dentist's waiting room. One man is brought into the dentist's office and the dentist extracts the man's tooth. The others try to escape once they see this patient leaving the office. One of the remaining men is caught and brought into the dentist's office. The dentist tries to extract this man's tooth with increasingly larger pliers. He...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    The Touaregs in their country
    Chez les Touaregs | Touraregs in their country
    Scenes of a Touareg village show the tribe's women, boys posing and fighting, two men fighting with sticks and wrestling, the tying of a turban, equipping and mounting the camels, the parade of a caravan, demonstrating an assault on a colonial courier, a "Fantasia" parade, horsemen riding toward the camera with their guns blazing, and a mother and child playing with a kitten.
    • Contributor: Afi/Anonymous Toledo Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    Along the upper Nile
    Tout le long du Nil supérieur
    Journey of a camel caravan encountering a tribe of Bicharyn Arabs who perform and offer a glimpse of their children.
    • Contributor: Afi/Anonymous Toledo Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.)
    • Date: 1908