ⓘ 1888 in film

Sheherazade (film)

Baghdad in the year 809. The city is ruled by the Caliph, Haroun-al-Rashid, to whom the beautiful and spiritual Scheherazade has been promised. Ambassadors of Charlemagne arrive in Baghdad to ask the Caliph for free access to the Christian holy sites. Among these envoys from the west is the knight Renaud Villecroix, who falls in love with her. The grand vizier, enemy of the caliph, ambushes a traveling party and takes Scheherazade prisoner, threatening to cut off her head. Renaud saves her and flees into the desert with her.

                                     

ⓘ 1888 in film

  • Thomas Edison meets with Eadweard Muybridge who proposes a scheme for sound film.
  • George Eastman files for a patent for his photographic film.
  • Etienne-Jules Marey starts work on his chronophotographe camera with 90 mm wide roll paper film.
  • Charles-Emile Reynaud patents his Theatre Optique which uses a kind of perforated film to create an animated show,
                                     

1. Films

  • Roundhay Garden Scene, Accordion Player and Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge, filmed by Louis Aime Augustin Le Prince in Leeds, United Kingdom, using paper "stripping" film and paper negative film.
  • Horse and Rider Jumping Over An Obstacle Pferd und Reiter Springen uber ein Hindernis and other sequences, shot by Ottomar Anschutz in Germany.
                                     

2. Births

  • January 3
  • James Bridie, Scottish writer died 1951
  • George B. Seitz, American director, writer, actor and producer died 1944
  • August 17 – Monty Woolley, American actor died 1963
  • November 25 – Amund Rydland, Norwegian actor died 1967
  • August 14 – Robert Woolsey, American actor died 1938
  • October 25 – Lester Cuneo, American actor and producer died 1925
  • December 18 – Gladys Cooper, English actress died 1971
  • October 9 – Hank Patterson, American actor died 1975
  • December 22 – J. Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, English producer and writer died 1972
  • July 4 – Henry Armetta, Italian-born American actor died 1945
  • September 12 – Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer died 1972
  • March 5 – Jules Furthman, American writer, director and producer died 1966
  • October 18 – Paul Vermoyal, French actor died 1925
  • May 25 – Miles Malleson, English actor and writer died 1969
  • September 26 – Wally Patch, English actor and writer died 1970
  • September 25 – Hanna Ralph, German actress died 1978
  • April 11 – Donald Calthrop, English actor died 1940
  • January 23 – Franklin Pangborn, American actor died 1958
  • Thea von Harbou, German actress, writer and director died 1954
  • March 30 – Anna Q. Nilsson, Swedish-born American actress died 1974
  • November 18 – Frances Marion, American writer, director, producer and actress died 1973
  • March 10 – Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor died 1961
  • November 26 – Francisco Canaro, Uruguayan-born Argentine composer, producer and actor died 1964
  • November 23 – Harpo Marx, American actor and writer died 1964
  • November 3 – Maurice Vinot, French actor died 1916
  • October 1 – John E. Blakeley, English producer, director and writer died 1958
  • March 4 – Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress died 1942
  • November 24 – Cathleen Nesbitt, English actress died 1982
  • July 16 – Percy Kilbride, American actor died 1964
  • December 27
  • April 27 – Florence La Badie, American actress died 1917
  • December 6 – Will Hay, English actor, writer and director died 1949
  • Svend Melsing, Danish actor and playwright died 1946
  • May 17 – Claude Merelle, French actress died 1976
  • January 17 – Edvard Persson, Swedish actor died 1957
  • December 28 – F. W. Murnau, German director, writer and producer died 1931