ⓘ 1898 in film

Adventures of William Tell

Adventures of William Tell is an 1898 French short black-and-white silent trick film, directed by Georges Melies, featuring a clown trying to shoot fruit off the head of a dummy which comes to life. The film is, "a knockabout farce based on jump-cuts and the timely substitution of dummies for real bodies," with, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "a level of onscreen violence not previously seen in a surviving Melies film," which marks, "a bridge between the onstage effects of the famous Theatre du Grand Guignol and countless later outpourings of comically extreme screen viol ...

Santa Claus (1898 film)

Santa Claus is an 1898 British short silent drama film, directed by George Albert Smith, which features Santa Claus visiting a house on Christmas Eve. The film, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "is believed to be the cinemas earliest known example of parallel action and, when coupled with double-exposure techniques that Smith had already demonstrated in the same years The Mesmerist and Photographing a Ghost, the result is one of the most visually and conceptually sophisticated British films made up to then." It has been depictated as the very first Christmas movie and a tec ...

The Magician (1898 film)

The Magician is a 1898 French short black-and-white silent trick film, directed by Georges Melies, featuring a wizard, a Pierrot and a sculptor in a rapid series of jump cuts. The film is, "another exercise in the art of the jump-cut," according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "in the tradition of Georges Melies earlier A Nightmare and The Haunted Castle."

Hell's Kitchen (1998 film)

Hells Kitchen is a 1998 film starring Rosanna Arquette, William Forsythe, Angelina Jolie, Mekhi Phifer, and Johnny Whitworth. The film was written and directed by Tony Cinciripini. The film had a budget of.000.000 but grossed only.322 on its opening weekend.


ⓘ 1898 in film

The following is an overview of the events of 1898 in film, including a list of films released and notable births. The Spanish–American War was a popular subject. Several films made by Col. William N. Selig dealt with the subject of war preparations at Camp Tanner in Springfield, Illinois, including Soldiers at Play, Wash Day in Camp and First Regiment Marching.


1. Events

  • Birt Acres invents the first amateur format, Birtac, by splitting 35 mm film into two halves of 17.5 mm.
  • May 19 – Vitagraph is founded in New York.
  • August 27 – Alfred John West gives a Royal Command Performance to Queen Victoria of film from the cruise of HMS Crescent at Osborne House.

2. Films released in 1898

  • The Four Troublesome Heads, directed by Georges Melies
  • Smich a plac Laugh and Tears, directed by Josef Svab-Malostransky, the first Czech film
  • The Nearsighted School Teacher
  • The Magician, directed by Georges Melies
  • Santa Claus, directed by George Albert Smith. May include the first example of parallel action in a motion picture.
  • The Miller and the Sweep, directed by George Albert Smith
  • The Astronomers Dream, directed by Georges Melies
  • Come Along, Do!, directed by Robert W. Paul. First multi-scene film in cinema.
  • Surrender of General Toral
  • The Ball Game
  • The Humpty Dumpty Circus, directed by J. Stuart Blackton
  • Pack Train On Chilkoot Pass, film shows landscape in Chilkoot Pass, Alaska or British Columbia
  • Photographing a Ghost, directed by George Albert Smith

3. Births

  • January 22
  • Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director died 1948
  • Denise Legeay, French actress died 1968
  • October 3 – Leo McCarey, American director died 1969
  • November 8 – Marie Prevost, Canadian-born American actress died 1937
  • February 19 – Vaclav Wasserman, Czech actor, screenwriter and director died 1967
  • July 19 – Olle Hilding, Swedish actor died 1983
  • August 30 – Shirley Booth, American actress died 1992
  • April 9 – Paul Robeson, American singer and actor died 1976
  • September 14 – Hal B. Wallis, American film producer died 1986
  • July 10 – Renee Bjorling, Swedish actress died 1975
  • April 26 – John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker died 1972
  • September 23 – Jadwiga Smosarska, Polish actress died 1971
  • March 27 – Alma Tell, American actress died 1934
  • May 16 – Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director and screenwriter died 1956
  • July 23 – Bengt Djurberg, Swedish actor died 1941
  • January 23 – Randolph Scott, American actor died 1987
  • December 20 – Irene Dunne, American actress died 1990
  • March 11 – Dorothy Gish, American actress died 1968