ⓘ 1905 in film

Esmeralda (1905 film)

Esmeralda is a 1905 French short silent film based on the novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame written by Victor Hugo. It was directed by Alice Guy-Blache and Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset. There are two characters in the film, Esmeralda Denise Becker and Quasimodo Henry Vorins. The film is the oldest film adaptation of the novel.

The Palace of the Arabian Nights

The Palace of the Arabian Nights is a 1905 silent fantasy film directed by Georges Melies. The film, inspired by the One Thousand and One Nights, follows the adventures of a prince whose bravery and devotion are tested in a magical quest to win the hand of his beloved.

The Night Before Christmas (1905 film)

The Night Before Christmas is a 1905 American silent short film directed by Edwin S. Porter for the Edison Manufacturing Company. It closely follows Clement Clarke Moores 1823 poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, and was the first film production of the poem.

                                     

ⓘ 1905 in film

  • December 16 – Variety, an entertainment trade newspaper that would later cover the film industry, is published for the first time in New York City.
  • Aleksandr Khanzhonkov begins filming his first documentaries.
  • Pathe Freres colors black-and-white films by machine.
  • The Misadventure of a French Gentleman Without Pants at the Zandvoort Beach, the oldest surviving Dutch fictional film is released by Alberts Freres. Later to be included in the canon of Dutch cinema as released by the Netherlands Film Festival.
  • The Manaki brothers make the first motion picture in the Balkans, The Weavers.
  • Filmmaking takes an unexpected historical role by recording activities along Market Street, in the year preceding the destruction from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 footage in the modern film Trip Down Market Street 1905/2005.
  • June 19 – John P. Harris and his brother Harry in Pittsburgh open the first theater in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the exhibition of motion pictures.
                                     

1. Films released in 1905

Georges Melies

  • An Adventurous Automobile Trip
  • The Black Imp
  • The Palace of the Arabian Nights
  • The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship
  • The Living Playing Cards
  • Rips Dream

James Williamson

  • Our New Errand Boy a British short silent comedy film, directed by James Williamson
  • An Interesting Story directed

Mitchell and Kenyon

  • Halifax Catholic Procession produced
  • Special March Past of St. Josephs Scholars and Special Parade of St. Matthews Pupils, Blackburn produced
                                     

1.1. Films released in 1905 Cecil Hepworth

  • The Other Side Of The Hedge produced directed by Lewin Fitzhamon
  • Babys Toilet directed
  • Rescued by Rover, starring Cecil Hepworth, Margaret Hepworth his wife, Barbara Hepworth their baby daughter, and Blair their dog; co-directed by Lewin Fitzhamon and Cecil Hepworth
                                     

1.2. Films released in 1905 Georges Melies

  • An Adventurous Automobile Trip
  • The Black Imp
  • The Palace of the Arabian Nights
  • The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship
  • The Living Playing Cards
  • Rips Dream
                                     

1.3. Films released in 1905 Edwin S. Porter

  • The Little Train Robbery a parodic sequel to the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery with an all-child cast, released on September 1, 1905. Both were directed by Edwin S. Porter.
  • The Night Before Christmas directed starring Harry Eytinge
  • The Millers Daughter is a 1905 American silent film produced by Edison Manufacturing Company. Edison employees Wallace McCutcheon and Edwin S. Porter are generally credited as directors. The film is based on the melodrama Hazel Kirke by Steele MacKaye.
  • The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog directed
  • The Boarding School Girls cinematography
  • The Kleptomaniac directed
                                     

1.4. Films released in 1905 G. W. Bitzer

  • A Trip to Salt Lake City directed by G. W. Bitzer, the first known narrative film treatment of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • In the Swimming Pool, Palm Beach, Florida photographed a silent short actuality/documentary film
                                     

1.5. Films released in 1905 James Williamson

  • Our New Errand Boy a British short silent comedy film, directed by James Williamson
  • An Interesting Story directed


                                     

1.6. Films released in 1905 Mitchell and Kenyon

  • Halifax Catholic Procession produced
  • Special March Past of St. Josephs Scholars and Special Parade of St. Matthews Pupils, Blackburn produced
                                     

1.7. Films released in 1905 Others

  • 2 A. M. in the Subway a one shot, 53 second-long comedy filmed, and probably directed, by Billy Bitzer
  • Fairy Lillian Tries On Her New Corsets, produced by Frank Marion and Wallace McCutcheon
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; or, Held for Ransom, directed by J. Stuart Blackton
  • Los heroes del sitio de Zaragoza is a 1903 or 1905 Spanish short black-and-white silent film directed by Segundo de Chomon.
  • The Unfortunate Policeman a Britsh short silent comedy film produced by Robert W. Paul
  • The Weavers, directed by the Manaki brothers; most likely the first film shot in the then-Ottoman Balkans
  • Dingjun Mountain, Chinese silent film directed by Ren Qingtai
  • The Misadventure of a French Gentleman Without Pants at the Zandvoort Beach Dutch: De mesaventure van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon aan het strand te Zandvoort is an early Dutch silent film directed by Willy Mullens, and produced by Alberts Freres. A six-minute short comedy film really a slapstick, it is one of the oldest surviving Dutch fictional films. When the Netherlands Film Festival presented its canon of Dutch cinema containing sixteen monumental films in Dutch film history in 2007, it included this film.
  • La Revolution en Russie, directed by Ferdinand Zecca
  • Automobile Races at Ormond, Fla., directed by Unknown person
  • The Nihilist is an American short silent film directed by Wallace McCutcheon, Sr.
  • La presa di Roma, directed by Filoteo Alberini; possibly the first Italian short film


                                     

2. Births

  • June 19 – Mildred Natwick, American actress d. 1994
  • November 5 – Joel McCrea, American actor d. 1990
  • March 18 – Robert Donat, English actor d. 1958
  • May 15 – Joseph Cotten, American actor d. 1994
  • September 21 – Marguerite Roberts, American writer d. 1989
  • December 5 – Otto Preminger, Austro-Hungarian-American director d. 1986
  • August 2 – Myrna Loy, American actress d. 1993
  • April 17 – Arthur Lake, American actor d. 1987
  • March 23 – Joan Crawford, American actress d. 1977
  • January 12 – Tex Ritter, American actor, singer d. 1974
  • July 29 – Clara Bow, American actress d. 1965
  • December 24 – Howard Hughes, American director, producer, editor d. 1976
  • December 11 – Gilbert Roland, Mexican-American actor d. 1994
  • January 3 – Anna May Wong, American actress d. 1961
  • April 8 – Ilka Chase, American actress, d. 1978
  • May 16 – Henry Fonda, American actor d. 1982
  • January 26 – Charles Lane, American actor d. 2007
  • September 5 – Meta Luts, Estonian actress d. 1958
  • January 13 – Kay Francis, American actress d. 1968
  • February 27 – Franchot Tone, American actor d. 1968
  • May 1 – Leila Hyams, American actress d. 1977
  • January 17 – Grant Withers, American actor d. 1959
  • August 3 – Dolores del Rio, Mexican actress d. 1983
  • October 10 – Aksella Luts, Estonian screenwriter and actress d. 2005
  • September 18 – Greta Garbo, Swedish actress d. 1990


                                     

3. Deaths

  • March 25 – Maurice Barrymore, Barrymore family patriarch born 1849
  • October 13 – Henry Irving, English Shakespearean actor and stage manager, who at one time was Bram Stokers employer, born 1838
  • April 23 – Joseph Jefferson, Rip Van Winkle 1896 film born 1829
  • March 24 – Jules Verne, famous novelist of fantasy stories and science-fiction, born 1828