Early Color Feature Films

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1. Poor Pierrot (1892)

4 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 1,202

2. Le clown et ses chiens (1892)

5 min | Animation, Short

Short film of 300 individually painted images.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 186

4. Imperial Japanese Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A charming representation of the Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. (from the Edison Catalog)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: The Sarashe Sisters

Votes: 471

5. Autour d'une cabine (1894)

2 min | Animation, Short

Pre-cinematograph colour animation of a woman and man at the beach.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 737

6. Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 1,797

7. Umbrella Dance (1895)

Short

Two smiling blonde women in short skirts dance under a big umbrella.

Director: Alfred Clark | Stars: Edna Leigh, Stella Leigh

Votes: 10

8. Blacksmith Scene (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two blacksmiths work while the vapors rise in the air. Later, another man arrives and offers a drink.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 800

9. The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two men play cards, as a third watches and a waiter brings drinks. The third man pours drinks as the waiter laughs.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Antoine Féraud, Antoine Lumière, Félicien Trewey, Alphonse Winckler

Votes: 1,224

11. The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short, Horror

As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,389

12. The House of the Devil (1896)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Horror

With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,489

13. The United States Flag (1896)

Short

"A special colored film of the Stars and Stripes fluttering in the breeze."

14. Butterfly Dance (1897)

Short

"As performed by Annabelle, the famous premier danseuse. A charmingly graceful representation of the light and airy flight of a butterfly. Beautiful when colored."

Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 99

15. Danse serpentine (II) (1897)

1 min | Short

Angelic and demonic serpentine dances from dawn of cinema by the Lumière Brothers film, called the Serpentine Dance. The dancer is Loie Fuller; the pioneer modern dancer. Recorded in 1896 in Paris, and hand-colored frame by frame.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Loie Fuller

Votes: 619

16. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short, Horror

Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 844

17. The Hallucinated Alchemist (1897)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Misidentified as The Mysterious Retort (1906), sadly, this film is currently presumed lost; however, according to Wikipedia, an anthropomorphous star with five female heads and a giant face has people coming out of its mouth.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 151

18. Partie de cartes (1897)

Short

A card game over drinks with three men, including Antoine Lumiere and Felicien Trewey.

Director: Leopoldo Fregoli | Star: Leopoldo Fregoli

Votes: 397

19. Death of Marat (1897)

1 min | Short, History

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Director: Georges Hatot

Votes: 122

20. Old Glory and the Cuban Flag (I) (1898)

Short

"The stars-and-stripes and the flag of Cuba Libre flutter in the breeze, one after the other. Very dramatic. Appeals to the popular sentiment. Excellent when colored."

Director: William Heise

21. American Flag (II) (1898)

Short

"This picture shows our national flag waving in the breeze. Coloring adds greatly to the effectiveness of this film."

Director: William Heise

Votes: 10

22. A Trip to the Moon (1898)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,026

23. Execution of Joan of Arc (1898)

1 min | Short, Drama, History

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Director: Georges Hatot

Votes: 95

25. Cinderella (1899)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Family

A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmelli, Jehanne d'Alcy

Votes: 1,212

26. The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 794

27. Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 498

28. Watermelon Contest (1900)

2 min | Short, Comedy

Four men each hold a large slice of watermelon, and have a race to see who can finish eating first. All four move quickly, but one man seems to be pulling ahead of the others. Soon the contestants begin to hinder one another's efforts.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 106

29. Joan of Arc (1900)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jeanne Calvière, Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 803

30. Cyrano de Bergerac (1900)

Not Rated | 2 min | Drama, Short

The only film record ever made of the original star of Rostand's famous play performing a scene from his most famous role. It is accompanied by a sound-on-cylinder recording of Coquelin's voice reciting one of Cyrano's speeches.

Director: Clément Maurice | Star: Benoît-Constant Coquelin

Votes: 178

31. Danse serpentine (1900)

2 min | Documentary, Short