The priceless footage of Amundsen’s successful attempt to reach the South Pole, this material was meant to accompany the explorer’s lectures. We get ships, ice and penguins.
After months of heavy rainfall, Paris found itself underwater during the winter of 1910. This rare footage was recently rediscovered and it showcases everyday life in the flooded city.
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L Frank Baum’s American fairy tale hit the silver screens for the first time with this one-reel motion picture. Dorothy is whisked off to the land of Oz accompanied by a mule and a cow and Toto, who is transformed into a hellbeast… Yeah, it’s a pretty loose adaptation.
The first fiction film shot in Ireland, this film tells the tale of an Irish fellow who makes good in America but must rush home to save his lady love from the terrible rent man. (Yes, they dusted off that old chestnut.) A story rife with tropes but boasting gorgeous scenery, this historic short continues to charm.
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One of the first brand name novel-to-screen adaptations and an early California production, this was one of the most expensive films ever made when released in 1910. Mary Pickford and Henry B. Walthall play a Native American couple who encounter oppression and tragedy. It’s the sort of three-hankie stuff that D.W. Griffith reveled in.