10 Years 10 Films

10 Years 10 Films (10Y10F) is a project to display embedded YouTube selections of world cinema. This series aims to give the audience a quick time-lapse view of how movie technology and style has developed throughout the world – one clip each year – from 1888 through 2017, starting with the foundations to see how filmmakers build or deconstruct them. This is not meant to be a “best of” collection (which can be found in abundance from other sources, especially after 1914). Instead, this is a showcase of the frontiers of cinema, aiming to serve as a starting point for the viewer to explore and discover their own favorites.

Great care has been taken to find the most accurate dates for each film and the highest quality videos on YouTube. Please comment (with sources) if you have any corrections.

Below is a list of every film highlighted in the series. Each YouTube playlist contains one featured film per year.* Click on a header for a detailed post (still photos, world events, and cinematic milestones) of that decade.

Part 1: 1888-1897

World cinema 1888-1897

  • 1888 – Roundhay Garden Scene (Le Prince; France; 2sec)
  • 1889? Monkeyshines, No. 1 (Dickson & Heise; New Jersey; 30sec)
  • 1890 – Fly (Marey; France; 7sec)
  • 1890 – London’s Trafalgar Square (Crofts & Donisthorpe; England; 1sec)
  • 1891 – Dickson Greeting (Dickson; New Jersey; 3sec)
  • 1892 – Poor Pete (Reynaud; France; 4min)
  • 1893 – Blacksmith Scene (Dickson, New Jersey; 27sec)
  • 1894? Dickson Experimental Sound Film (Dickson; New Jersey; 17sec)
  • 1894 – Falling Cat (Marey; France; 5sec)
  • 1895 – Workers Leaving the Factory [1] (Lumière; France; 45sec)▲1080
  • 1895 – Wintergartenprogramm (Skladanowsky; Germany; 5min)720
  • 1896 – The Cabbage Fairy (Guy; France; 1min)
  • 1896? House of the Devil / Manoir du diable (Méliès; France; 3min)
  • 1897 – The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (Rector; USA; 20min)720, ▲ portion
  • 1897 – Devil’s Castle / Château hanté (Méliès; France; 40sec)
  • 1897 – The X-Ray Fiend (Smith; England; 44sec)

Part 2: 1898-1907

World cinema 1888-1897

  • 1898 – Santa Claus (Smith; England; 77sec)
  • 1898 – Four Heads Are Better Than One (Méliès; France; 1min)720
  • 1899 – Maple Leaf Viewing (Shibata; Japan; 2min)
  • 1899 – Somersaults / Les krémos: Sauts perilleux (Lumière; France; 40sec)720
  • 1900 – The Enchanted Drawing (Blackton; New Jersey; 2min)
  • 1900 – Soldiers of the Cross (Booth; Australia; 22min)
  • 1901? The Maasbrug in Rotterdam (Nöggerath? Netherlands; 85sec)▲1080
  • 1901 – McKinley’s speech at the Exposition (Edison Films; New York; 80sec)
  • 1901 – Star Theatre (Armitage; New York; 70sec)1080
  • 1902 – A Trip to the Moon (Méliès; France; 16min)▲720
  • 1902 – Miss Dundee and Her Performing Dogs (Guy; France; 3min)
  • 1903 – The Great Train Robbery (Porter; New Jersey; 13min)▲1080
  • 1903 – Alice in Wonderland (Hepworth & Stow; England; 9min)4K
  • 1904 – Westinghouse Works (Bitzer; New Jersey; 70min)720
  • 1904 – An Interesting Story (Williamson; England; 4min)720
  • 1905 – The Misadventure… (Mullens; Netherlands; 5min)
  • 1905 – Rescued by Rover (Fitzhamon & Hepworth; England; 7min)
  • 1906 – The Story of the Kelly Gang (Tait; Australia; 60min?)▲720
  • 1906 – Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (Blackton; New York; 7min)720
  • 1906 – A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire (Miles; San Francisco; 13min)1080
  • 1907? Dranem Performs ‘The True Jiu-Jitsu’ (Guy; France; 2min)
  • 1907 – The House of Ghosts / La maison ensorcelée (de Chomón; France; 6min)720
  • 1907 – Life and Passion of Christ / La passion… (Nonguet & Zecca; France; 44min)720

Part 3: 1908-1917

IN PROGRESS

  • 1908? Wilbur Wright flying in France (British Pathé; 4min)720
  • 1909 – Moscow Clad in Snow (Mundwiller; Russia; 7min)
  • 1910 – Frankenstein (Dawley; New York; 16min)
  • 1911 – Dante’s Inferno (Bertolini et al; Italy; 68min)
  • 1912 – The Cameraman’s Revenge (Starewicz; Russia; 12min)
  • 1913 – Fantômas, trailer only (Feuillade; France; 311min)
  • 1914 – Mabel’s Strange Predicament (Normand; Los Angeles; 17min)720
  • 1915 – Two Knights of Vaudeville (Ebony Film; Chicago; 11min)720
  • 1916 – Intolerance (Griffith; Los Angeles; 163min)720
  • 1917 – A Man There Was / Terje Vigen (Sjöström; Sweden; 56min)

Endnotes

4K YouTube video posted in ultra high definition (UHD) 4K.
1080 Full high definition (HD) 1080p.
720 Standard HD.
High quality transfer. (Noting these is a work in progress.)
* Film copyrights in the United States are 95 years from publication, so as of 2018, anything before 1923 is considered public domain – although audio recordings are disputable.