Le Chateau hante, released in the United States as The Devils Castle and in Britain as The Haunted Castle, is an 1897 French short silent film directed by Georges Melies. It is a remake of The House of the Devil that contrariwise released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devils Castle thus they are often confused with each other. The film is about a man who enters a haunted castle and is constantly taunted by spirits inside the castle.
Robbery is an 1897 British short black-and-white silent comedy film directed by Robert W. Paul, featuring a wayfairer who is forced to handover his valuables and some of his clothes to an armed robber. The film, "although only intended as a comedy," according to Michael Brooks of BFI Screenonline, "in fact reveals how the stripping of ones Victorian uniform also meant the stripping of ones integrity," and, "turns the viewer into an accomplice, since it forces us to watch the mans humiliation head-on, ultimately aligning ourselves not with the victim but with the thief." It is included on t ...
The Last Cartridges is an 1897 French short silent film directed by Georges Melies, based on the 1873 painting of the same name by Alphonse de Neuville. The film recreates the defense of a house at Bazeilles, on September 1, 1870 at the Battle of Sedan during the Franco-Prussian War. The film was a great success and inspired the Lumiere, Pathe and Gaumont studios to film imitations.
The X-Rays is an 1897 British short silent comedy film, directed by George Albert Smith, featuring a courting couple exposed to X-rays. The trick film, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "contains one of the first British examples of special effects created by means of jump cuts" Smith employs the jump-cut twice; first to transform his courting couple via "X rays," dramatized by means of the actors donning black bodysuits decorated with skeletons and with the woman holding only the metal support work of her umbrella, and then to return them and the umbrella to normal. The cou ...
ⓘ 1897 in film
- Enoch J. Rector develops a 63 mm film format called Veriscope, which films The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight on March 17.
- Thomas Henry Blair develops a 48 mm film format called Viventoscope.
- June 20 – Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee procession filmed.
- The American Vitagraph Company is founded by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith in Brooklyn.
- January 28 – First Venezuelan-made films are screened at the Baralt Theatre in Maracaibo, two locally-made actuality shorts, Un celebre especialista sacando muelas en el gran Hotel Europa and Muchachos bañandose en la laguna de Maracaibo.
- May 4 – During a film screening at the Charity Bazaar in Paris, a curtain catches on fire from the ether used to fuel the projector lamp. The fire spreads and becomes catastrophic, ultimately resulting in 126 deaths.
- Mitchell and Kenyon go into a film-making partnership at Blackburn in the north of England.
1. Films released in 1897
- Leander Sisters, produced by Edison Studios.
- Seminary Girls, directed by James H. White.
- After The Ball, directed by Georges Melies. First film to create the illusion of female nudity through a skin looking designed costume.
- The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight, a documentary directed by Enoch J. Rector. The first film shot in widescreen. At an hour and 40 minutes, it is the first known feature film ever made.
- The X-Rays, directed by George Albert Smith. Cited as one of the first examples of special effects by jump cut.
- The Milkers Mishap, directed by James H. White; it is unknown whether or not this film has survived.
- The Surrender of Tournavos directed by Georges Melies. A dramatised war scene.
- The Bewitched Inn, directed by Georges Melies.
- Making Sausages, directed by George Albert Smith.
- Old Man Drinking a Glass of Beer, directed by George Albert Smith.
- Chicago Police Parade, directed by Louis Lumiere.
- An Hallucinated Alchemist, directed by Georges Melies. May be the first film to feature stop motion animation in cinema.
- Buffalo Police on Parade, produced by Edison Studios.
- Leaving Jerusalem by Railway, directed by Alexandre Promio and released by the Lumiere brothers. May include the first moving camera shot in cinema.
- Horses Loading for Klondike, directed by James H. White.
- Peeping Tom,a production of the American Mutoscope Company. A comedy.
- La Bandera Argentina, believed for a long time to have been the first Argentine film. Now considered lost.
- Korsel med Gronlandske Hunde, directed by Peter Elfelt; the first Danish movie sequence ever filmed.
- Sea Fighting in Greece directed by Georges Melies. A dramatised naval war scene.
- Sutro Baths, No. 1, produced by Edison Studios.
- Lurline Baths, produced by Edison Studios.
- On the Roofs, directed by Georges Melies.
- New Pillow Fight, produced by Siegmund Lubin.
- Cupid and Psyche, produced by Edison Studios.
- Baignade dans le torrent, directed by Alice Guy-Blache.
- Between Calais and Dover directed by Georges Melies. A fictitious sea crossing.
- Spanish Bullfight, directed by Louis Lumiere
- The Haverstraw Tunnel
- The Last Cartridges directed by Georges Melies. A dramatised war scene.
- Niagara Falls, directed by Louis Lumiere.
- Pola Negri, Polish-American actress died 1987
- January 3
- Marion Davies, American actress died 1961
- July 10 – John Gilbert, American actor died 1936
- January 10 – Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress died 1931
- March 19 – Betty Compson, American actress died 1974
- September 23 – Walter Pidgeon, American actor died 1984
- June 16 – Elaine Hammerstein, American actress died 1948
- May 18 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director died 1991
- November 25 – Ruth Etting, American actress, singer died 1978
- March 16 – Conrad Nagel, American actor died 1970
- October 6 – Francine Mussey, French actress died 1933
- August 31 – Fredric March, American actor died 1975
- October 28 – Edith Head, American costume designer died 1981
- June 23 – Alexandru Giugaru, Romanian actor died 1986
- November 13 – Gertrude Olmstead, American actress died 1975
- February 10 – Judith Anderson, Australian actress died 1992
- September 3 – Cecil Parker Schwabe, English actor died 1971
- June 19 – Moe Howard, American actor and comedian died 1975
- February 12 – Vola Vale, American actress died 1970
- February 19 – Alma Rubens, American actress died 1931
- January 30 – Mary Ellis, American singer and actress died 2003