Short Film Saturday: Rediscovered Short Films of the 1900s

If you saw last week’s post, you’ll see I’m running a theme on rediscovery. These will spin-off into a different kind of post when I start to run into features. As for now, while shorts were king, the films will appear here.

The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

Believed to be the first cinematic work based on Dickens.

Katsudō Shashin (1907)

Believed to be the first Japanese animation.

Running only 3 seconds. Discovered in Kyoto in July 31, 2005.

Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900)

From Wikipedia:

Running only 30 seconds, this is the first recorded detective film and the first to feature Sherlock Holmes. A paper copy was identified in 1968 in the Library of Congress Paper Print archive by Michael Pointer, a historian of Sherlock Holmes films. It was transferred to 16 mm film in the Library of Congress collection.

El hotel eletrico (1908)

Directed Segundo de Chomon a Spanish film pioneer.