• Film, Video
    Embarquement des filets de pêche
    Loading fishnets | Embarquement de filets | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    Men on the docks of Marseille load fishing boats with nets.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Champs de Mars
    Circular panoramic view of the Champs de Mars, no. 2
    From Edison films catalog: Shows all the prominent buildings on this thoroughfare, ending with a close view of the base of the Eiffel Tower, with the Trocadero Palace in the background. 135 feet. 20.25.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of the moving boardwalk
    Panoramic view of the moving sidewalk at the Paris Exposition
    From Edison films catalog: This picture was taken from the stationary platform, showing the rapidly moving board walk on the outer edge, which has a speed of five miles per hour; also shows the middle platform moving two and a-half miles per hour, the third platform being stationary. At intervals there are upright posts to steady passengers passing from one platform to the other. ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of Place de L'Opera
    Circular panoramic view of the Place de L'Opera
    From Edison films catalog: The busiest square in all Paris. 75 feet. $11.25.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • 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 - George Kleine (Firm) - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    Champs Elysees
    Driving scene on the Champs Elysees
    From Edison films catalog: Near the main entrance. Hundreds of carriages and characteristic Parisian buses are passing. 75 feet. $11.25.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Lourdes, transport de malades, I
    Transport de malades, I | Lourdes, transport de malades, 1 | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française | Lourdes, transporting the sick, I
    Patients are conveyed in carriages toward the shrine in Lourdes.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Collection
    Corsican Language & Expressive Culture Since the mid-20th century, a variety of social, economic and political factors have affected the cultural practices and conceptions of identity on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Linguistic anthropologist Alexandra Jaffe discusses the Corsican language and Corsican expressive culture. She addresses both the island's shift towards the French language and the Corsican language revitalization movement that began in the early 1970s. Drawing on ethnographic ...
    • Contributor: Jaffe, Alexandra - Jaffe, Alexandra M. (Alexandra Mystra) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2014-12-02
  • Film, Video
    [Procession at Séville and bullfighting scenes]
    En Espagne | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française | Procession à Séville et scènes de corrida
    Shorts document bullfights in Spain (Séville) and France (Béziers, Nîmes) during the late 19th century.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Embarquement d'un cheval
    Loading a horse | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    A horse in a wooden crate is lifted off a dock in Marseille by a steam crane and placed into a waiting ship.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Panoramic view of the Place de l'Concord [sic]
    Panoramic view of the Place de la Concorde
    From Edison films catalog: Taken from an automobile. This picture was taken during the fashionable driving hour, making a complete circle of the Place de la Concorde, passing hundreds of carriages and busses. The beginning of the picture shows the historical church of the Madeleine in the background, the picture ending by approaching and running under the main entrance to the Paris Exposition. 100 ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Scene from the elevator ascending Eiffel Tower
    Panoramic view from the Eiffel Tower, ascending and descending
    From Edison films catalog: A marvelously clear picture taken from the top of the elevator of the Eiffel Tower during going up and coming down of the car. This wonderful tower is 1,000 feet in height, and the picture produces a most sensational effect. As the camera leaves the ground and rises to the top of the tower, the enormous white city opens out ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Lourdes, procession, III
    Procession, III | Lourdes, procession, 3 | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    People carry candles in a procession in Lourdes.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress) - Sanctuaire Notre-Dame De Lourdes (Lourdes, France)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    TR reviews French troops at Vincennes, France, 1910
    Theodore Roosevelt reviews French troops at Vincennes, France, 1910
    Robert Bacon, American Ambassador to France, TR, Jules Jusserand, French Ambassador to the United States, and General Jean B. Dalstein, Military Governor of Paris, arrive at the Château de Vincennes, a medieval castle and dungeon, parts of which are used by French military schools; the group has been invited to review troops and observe military maneuvers. TR's party arrives in a car and is ...
    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Theodore - Bacon, Robert - Jusserand, J. J. (Jean Jules) - Dalstein, Jean - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1910
  • Film, Video
    Course en sacs
    Course en sacs de Louis Lumière | Sack race | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    Shows several men participating in a potato sack race as men, women, children, and dogs watch.
    • Contributor: Lumière, Louis - Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Scene in the Swiss village at Paris Exposition
    Scene in the Swiss village at the Paris Exposition
    From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with a crowd of Swiss boys and girls dressed in native costumes, marching down the street in this very unique and picturesque village. Each happy and smiling face is clearly shown as they pass the camera. The scene ends by the boys and girls congregating in the square and dancing to the strains of an accordion played ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Collection
    Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound ... This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles. Cylinder sound recordings will be added to this site in the near future. In addition, histories are given of Edison's involvement with motion pictures and sound recordings, as well as a special page focusing on the life of the great inventor. Prolific inventor ...
    • Date: 1847

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  • 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, 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. Includes a ...
    • Contributor: Eclipse (Firm) - George Kleine (Firm) - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1911
  • Film, Video
    Panoramic view of the Champs Elysees D18581 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 29Aug1900; D18581. Duration: 0:48 at 16 fps. Filmed in July 1900, on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 611; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Dogs used as smugglers
    Chiens contrebandiers | Canine smugglers | Dog 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: Hatot, Georges - Heuzé, André - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Nfsa-Australia Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video
    [At the beach and other seaside scenes]
    À la plage et d'autres scènes au bord de la mer | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    French language translation title, À la plage et d'autres scènes au bord de la mer, is supplied for the France in America project. Contents titles and Catalogue Lumière numbers from La production cinématographique des frères Lumière. English language release title for Gros temps en mers is Bad weather on the sea. English language release title for Enfants au bord de la mer is Children ...
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Palace of Electricity
    Circular panoramic view of the Champs de Mars, [no. 1]
    From Edison films catalog: In the Exposition grounds with a close view of the Palace of Electricity. 50 feet. $7.50.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    [Scenes from Mexico and the 1900 Paris Exposition]
    Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française | Scènes du Mexique et de l'Exposition universelle de 1900 á Paris
    French language translation title, Scènes du Mexique et de l'Exposition universelle de 1900 á Paris, is supplied for the France in America project. Danse espagnole de la Feria Sevillanos also known as Feria Sevillano. Expérience du ballon dirigeable de M. Santos-Dumont (parts I & II) was released in the U.S. in 1902 by Edison Mfg. Co. under the title: Santos Dumont's airship. The films ...
    • Contributor: Díaz, Porfirio - Veyre, Gabriel - Santos-Dumont, Alberto - Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress) - Exposition Universelle Internationale De 1900 - Exposition Universelle
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Pêche aux sardines
    Sardine fishing | Démaillage sardines | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    Title from La production cinématographique des frères Lumière. English language release title from Rittaud-Hutinet, J. Auguste et Louis Lumière, les 1000 premiers films. Men in fishing boats off the coast of France near Marseille remove sardines from fishing nets. Catalogue Lumière no. 70. On one reel/videocassette with 58 other Lumière shorts. Second of three films on digital file. Preceded by Embarquement d'un cheval. Followed ...
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald ... From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with a "Personal" advertisement which actually appeared in the New York Herald of August 25th, 1904: "Young French Nobleman, recently arrived, desires to meet wealthy American girl; object matrimony; will be at Grant's Tomb at 10 this morning, wearing boutonniere of violets." The first scene shows the young "Nobleman" in his dressing room. He picks up the ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Porter, Edwin S. - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Lourdes, procession, II
    Procession, II | Lourdes, procession, 2 | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    People carry candles in a procession in Lourdes.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress) - Sanctuaire Notre-Dame De Lourdes (Lourdes, France)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Lourdes, transport de malades, II
    Transport de malades, II | Lourdes, transport de malades, 2 | Lourdes--malades | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française | Lourdes, transporting the sick, II
    Patients on stretchers are lifted off a cart and carried toward the shrine at Lourdes.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Swiss village, no. 2 From Edison films catalog: The scene opens by showing the village girls driving home a herd of cows, and shows the native peasantry of Switzerland returning from their daily occupation--watching the herds. After driving the cattle to their shelter, the boys and girls congregate in front of the old barn and go through a native dance, to the amusement of the spectators. These pictures ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of Eiffel Tower
    Panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower taken from the outside
    From Edison films catalog: Showing the entire height of this wonderful structure from the base of the dome and return, with the great Paris Exposition in the background, looking down Champs de Mars. A most realistic picture. 90 feet. $13.50.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Lourdes, procession, I
    Procession, I | Lourdes, procession, 1 | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    People carry candles in a procession in Lourdes.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress) - Sanctuaire Notre-Dame De Lourdes (Lourdes, France)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Poursuite sur les toits
    Rooftop chase | Poursuite de cambrioleurs sur les toits | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    A comedy in which two burglars flee from policemen across the rooftops.
    • Contributor: Hatot, Georges - Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace The single camera position is from the top of a building identified as the Trocadero Palace; the camera is pointed toward the Eiffel Tower. The film shows only up to the first arch of the Eiffel Tower.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Wanderers of the desert Aspect ratio: 16 x 9. Original film: 1986, France. Also known as Les baliseurs du désert. Cert. Not available [BBFC]. DVD Region 1. Colour. PAL. Arabic with English subtitles (optional).
    • Contributor: Khemir, Nacer
    • Date: 2008
  • 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.) - Afi/Jones (John) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    Esplanade des Invalides
    Circular panoramic view of the Esplanade des Invalides
    From Edison films catalog: Beginning with the camera pointing toward the Invalides entrance, with the tomb of Napoleon in the background. The camera is slowly revolved until it rests upon the new and beautiful bridge of Alexander III, showing the immense crowds entering the Exposition. 100 ft. 15.00.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Breaking of the crowd at military review at Longchamps
    Breaking up of the crowds at military review at Long Champs | Breaking up of the crowd at military review at Long Champs
    This picture shows thousands of people leaving their seats in the grand stand and going across the parade grounds toward Paris. A very sharp and clear picture. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. attends Women in War Work Congres... During World War I, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. worked for the YMCA in France running canteens, clubs, and leave centers for soldiers and teaching French. She also designed the uniforms worn by the women workers in the YMCA. Views of Mrs. Roosevelt entertaining women YMCA workers in the garden of the home of her aunt, Mrs. Alice Green Hoffman, in Paris. There are medium ...
    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler - Mutual Film Corporation - International Newsreel Corporation - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video
    Panorama from the moving boardwalk
    Panoramic view from the moving boardwalk
    From Edison films catalog: The camera is stationed on the middle walk of the Platform Mobile, as the French call it, and gives further views and incidents of this Paris Exposition novelty. 100 feet. 15.00.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • 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.) - Afi/Jones (John) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    Panorama of the Paris Exposition, from the Seine
    Paris Exhibition viewed from the Seine
    From Edison films catalog: This panoramic scene is taken from a Seine steamboat and gives a rapid view of the banks of the river. The launch steams under six bridges and past the Street of Nations. The United States Building is a prominent white domed structure, gay with national flags. The picture ends at the famous three million dollar bridge, the Point Alexander III. ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    Lourdes, sortie de l'église du Rosaire
    Sortie de l'église du Rosaire | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française | Lourdes, leaving the Church of the Rosary
    People come out the doors and down the steps of the Church of the Rosary in Lourdes.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress) - Sanctuaire Notre-Dame De Lourdes (Lourdes, France)
    • Date: 1897