1898 in Movies

Movie reviews for movies (very short films) made in 1898. Dates via IMDB.


1. “The Astronomer’s Dream” aka “The Moon at Arm’s Length,” directed by Georges Melies (10/10)

This is one of the iconic early films in cinema, making use of essentially “live” animation (props and sets that move).

Really, really cool.


2. “Divers at Work on the Wreck of the “Maine,”” directed by Georges Melies (10/10)

Probably the first time anyone ever tried to simulate underwater filming. A true landmark.


3. “The Temptation of Saint Anthony,” directed by George Melies (9/10)

Another great use of Melies’ tricks for an actual story.


4. “The Magician,” directed by Georges Melies (9/10)

More magic tricks, but using pretty advanced film techniques for the era.


5. “The Four Troublesome Heads,” directed by  Georges Melies (8/10)

A man takes off his head, puts it on the table, a new one grows. Wash, rinse, repeat.


6. “The Famous Box Trick,” directed by Georges Melies (8/10)

Another set of magic tricks.


7. “Adventures of William Tell,” directed by Georges Melies (7/10)

Solid joke, but the effects are pretty noticeable.


8. “Panorama from Top of a moving train,” directed by Georges Melies (7/10)

Exactly what it says it is.