ⓘ 1911 in film

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1911 film)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a 1911 French silent film directed by Albert Capellani and produced by Pathe Freres. It was released under the name Notre-Dame de Paris. It starred Henry Krauss and Stacia Napierkowska. The film was based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. Considering the films brief running time, critic Christopher Workman considered it "remarkably faithful to its source material" but it "contains no discernible humor, unlike most other horror films of the period, and thus represents a bellwether of sorts for the genre. "looks remarkably like Charles Ogle in Edisons ...

L'Inferno

LInferno is a 1911 Italian silent film, loosely adapted from Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy. LInferno took over three years to make, and was the first full-length Italian feature film.

Princess Tarakanova (1910 film)

The film is based on the play Princess Tarakanova by Ippolit Shpazhinsky. The story of the alleged daughter of the secret marriage of Empress Elizabeth of Russia, who allegedly died tragically during the flood in the casemate of the Peter and Paul Fortress, where she was transferred by the will of Yekaterina II after a life sentence.

                                     

ⓘ 1911 in film

  • October 23 October 10 OS: Svetozar Botorics The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Leader Karadorde Zivot i dela besmrtnog vozda Karadorda, Живот и дела бесмртног вожда Карађорђа premieres in Belgrade and becomes the first feature film made in Serbia and the Balkans.
  • February: The Motion Picture Story Magazine, the first American film fan magazine, is published. It is followed later in the year by Photoplay.
  • April 8: Winsor McCay releases his first film Little Nemo, one of the earliest animated films.
  • October 27: David Horsleys Nestor Motion Picture Company opens the first motion picture studio in Hollywood.
  • March 23: D. W. Griffith shows the first major close-up shot on film with the successful release of The Lonedale Operator proving his ever-growing mastery of how to utilise film.
  • The Kalem Company of New York pays the estate of author Lew Wallace $25.000 in legal settlement for having adapted Ben Hur 1907 film from his novel without securing prior rights.
  • October 26: Defence of Sevastopol "Оборона Севастополя" premieres at the Crimean palace of Tsar Nicholas II and becomes the first feature-length film made in the Russian Empire and one of the first in the world.
                                     

1. Films released in 1911

  • The Higher Law
  • Les Aventures de baron de Munchhausen, directed by Georges Melies
  • The Black Arrow
  • The Misers Heart, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Courting Across the Court
  • The Smuggler
  • First Indy 500 First year footage from the auto race. Filmed on May 30, 1911.
  • The Coffin Ship
  • Callys Comet
  • Swords and Hearts, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Inferno LInferno, adapted from Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy. First blockbuster feature film in cinema. First feature-length horror film.
  • For Her Sake
  • Enoch Arden, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Won by Wireless
  • The Fall Of Troy, directed by Giovanni Pastrone
  • Aerial Anarchists
  • Sweet Memories
  • His Trust, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Her Crowning Glory
  • His Trust Fulfilled, directed by D. W. Griffith. The sequel to Griffiths earlier 1911 short film "His Trust"
  • What Shall We Do with Our Old?
  • Little Nemo
  • Defence of Sevastopol
  • Der Muller und sein Kind
  • Winsor McCay And His Animated Pictures
  • The Battle, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Flames and Fortune
  • Princess Clementina
  • The Lonedale Operator, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Blanche Sweet
  • The Dream, directed by Thomas H. Ince, starring Mary Pickford
  • The Diabolical Church Window, directed by Georges Melies
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Cowboy and the Lady
  • She, starring Marguerite Snow
  • David Copperfield
  • Thats Happiness
  • The Buddhist Priestess
  • The Colonel and the King
  • Baseball and Bloomers
  • The Pashas Daughter
  • The Odyssey LOdissea
  • Brown of Harvard
  • The Railroad Builder
  • Alkali Ikes Auto, starring Bronco Billy Anderson
                                     

2. Births

  • March 3 – Jean Harlow, actress died 1937
  • February 28 – Ishirō Honda, director died 1993
  • February 9 – Gypsy Rose Lee, actress and burlesque dancer died 1970
  • January 5 – Jean-Pierre Aumont, actor died 2001
  • January 22 – Mary Hayley Bell, actress, writer and dramatist, wife of Sir John Mills d 2005
  • January 31 – Eddie Byrne, actor died 1981
  • Phil Silvers, actor died 1985
  • May 11
  • February 19 – Merle Oberon, actress died 1979
  • February 14 – Florence Rice, actress died 1974
  • March 18 – Smiley Burnette, actor, musician died 1967
  • Louise Campbell, actress died 1997
  • February 6 – Ronald Reagan, actor, United States President died 2004
  • January 7 – Butterfly McQueen, actress died 1995
  • April 23 – Ronald Neame, cinematographer, producer and director died 2010
  • July 14 – Terry-Thomas, actor died 1990
  • Baby Marie Osborne, child actress died 2010
  • June 3 – Ellen Corby, actress died 1999
  • June 20 – Gail Patrick died 1980
  • July 16 – Ginger Rogers, actress, dancer died 1995
  • Roy Rogers, singer, actor died 1998
  • July 18 – Hume Cronyn, actor died 2003
  • August 7 – Nicholas Ray, director died 1979
  • August 12 – Cantinflas, actor died 1993
  • September 10 – Renee Simonot, actress, voice artist, mother of Catherine Deneuve
  • May 27 – Vincent Price, actor died 1993
  • May 18 – Sigrid Gurie, actress died 1969
  • October 20 – Will Rogers, Jr., actor died 1993
  • November 5
  • August 6 – Lucille Ball, actress died 1989
  • September 2 – Erwin Hillier, cinematographer died 2005
  • August 5 – Robert Taylor, actor died 1969
  • October 27 – Leif Erickson, actor died 1986
  • June 29 – Bernard Hermann, composer died 1975
  • May 17 – Maureen OSullivan, actress died 1998
  • July 6 – Laverne Andrews, singer, actress, member of Andrews Sisters died 1967
  • October 13 – Ashok Kumar, actor, India died 2001
  • August 3 – Alex McCrindle, British actor died 1990
  • December 8 – Lee J. Cobb, actor died 1976
  • December 30 – Jeanette Nolan, actress died 1998
  • November 10 – Harry Andrews, actor died 1989
  • December 9 – Broderick Crawford, actor died 1986
                                     

3. Deaths

  • August 11 – Verner Clarges, actor, born 1846
  • Unknown – Woodville Latham, producer and exhibitor whose desire to shoot an entire boxing match on a single reel of film led to the invention of the Latham loop born 1837
  • October 27 – Francis Boggs, director, born 1870
  • July 18 – Genevieve Lantelme, actress, born 1883
  • November 2 – Kyrle Bellew, actor, born 1855
  • December 22 – Wright Lorimer, stage actor, screenwriter, born 1874
  • May 29 – W. S. Gilbert, producer of musicals, half of the team of Gilbert and Sullivan, born 1836
  • January 18 – Arthur Marvin, cinematographer, born 1859
                                     

4. Debuts

  • Lois Weber – director, actress, A Heroine of 76 short; writer, On the Brink short
  • Harold Lockwood – The White Red Man short
  • Lenore Ulric – The First Man 1911 short
  • Anita Stewart – A Tale of Two Cities as Anna Stewart
  • Lionel Barrymore – The Battle
  • Ann Little – The Indian Maidens Lesson short
  • Edgar Kennedy – Brown of Harvard
  • Paul Kelly – Jimmies Job short
  • Francis X. Bushman – His Friends Wife short
  • Anna Q. Nilsson – Molly Pitcher short