10 Years 10 Films

10 Years 10 Films (10Y10F) is a project to display embedded YouTube selections of early 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 for that year.

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

  • 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)
  • 1895 – Wintergartenprogramm (Skladanowsky; Germany; 5min)
  • 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)
  • 1897 – Devil’s Castle / Château hanté (Méliès; France; 40sec)
  • 1897 – The X-Ray Fiend (Smith; England; 44sec)

Part 2: 1898-1907

  • 1898 – Santa Claus (Smith; England; 77sec)
  • 1899 – Maple Leaf Viewing (Shibata; Japan; 2min)