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1900-1909

Sorcier arabe (Arab Sorcerer) (France, 1906)

Directed by Segundo de Chomon. A sorcerer draws signs on the sand making charming young women. 2:45 min.

The Wandering Jew (Le juif errant) (France, 1903)

Director, Georges Melies. "To the modern eye, this is obviously a trick film made with double exposure; and Melies, in his role as the Wandering Jew, is quite over the top as he wanders through a field of hard stones, having dreams and visions of Christ on his way to Calvary, the devil tormenting him and of the Mother of God.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Two silent versions: Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Slavery Days ,directed by Edwin S. Porter (1903, 17 min.); and Uncle Tom's Cabin, Minot Films Release, Inc., directed by Irwing Cummings (1914; 42 min.).

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Two silent versions: Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Slavery Days,directed by Edwin S. Porter (1903, 17 min.); and Uncle Tom'sCabin, Minot Films Release, Inc., directed by Irwing Cummings(1914; 42 min.). ; (Porter);

What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

Directed by Edwin S. Porter. "Scene, interior of railroad coach. Pretty young lady and negress maid occupy seat. Youngman in rear seat tries to attract young lady's attention. She drops her handkerchief. Young man picks it up and hands it to her, and then begins to make love to her. As the train enters a tunnel he is last seen trying to put his arms around her. Upone merging he is hugging and kissing the colored maid, the young lady having changed seats with her while in the tunnel, much to the young man's disgust." [AFI Catalog]

[Arabian Nights] Palace of the Arabian Nights (Palais des mille et une nuits) (1905)

Directed by Georges Melies. A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere. 21:05 min.

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