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The following is an overview of the events of 1897 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.
May 4th: 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. [1 ] June 20th:
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee procession filmed. [2 ]
Mitchell and Kenyon go into a film-making partnership. [3 ] Enoch Rector develops a 63 mm film format called
Veriscope, which films the Corbett-Fitzsimmons championship match. Thomas Henry Blair develops a 48 mm film format called Viventoscope.
Films released in 1897 [ edit ]
, directed by After The Ball Georges Méliès. First film to show human nudity.
, directed by Georges Méliès. L'auberge ensorcelée
Baignade dans le torrent, directed by Alice Guy-Blaché.
, believed for a long time to have been the first Argentine film. Now considered La Bandera Argentina lost.
Buffalo Police on Parade, produced by Edison Studios.
Chicago Police Parade, directed by Louis Lumière.
, a documentary directed by The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight Enoch J. Rector. The first film shot in widescreen. At an hour and 40 minutes, it is the first known feature film ever made.
Cupid and Psyche, produced by Edison Studios.
The Haverstraw Tunnel
Horses Loading for Klondike, directed by James H. White.
, directed by Peter Elfelt; the first Danish movie sequence ever filmed. Kørsel med Grønlandske Hunde
Leander Sisters, produced by Edison Studios.
, directed by Leaving Jerusalem by Railway Alexandre Promio and released by the Lumière brothers. May include the first moving camera shot in cinema.
Lurline Baths, produced by Edison Studios.
Making Sausages, directed by George Albert Smith.
, directed by James H. White; it is unknown whether or not this film has survived. The Milker's Mishap
, produced by Siegmund Lubin. New Pillow Fight
Niagara Falls, directed by Louis Lumière.
, directed by Old Man Drinking a Glass of Beer George Albert Smith.
, directed by Georges Méliès. On the Roofs
Seminary Girls, directed by James H. White.
Spanish Bullfight, directed by Louis Lumière
Sutro Baths, No. 1, produced by Edison Studios.
, directed by The X-Rays George Albert Smith. Cited as one of the first examples of special effects by jump cut.
January 10 -
Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress (died 1931) February 10 -
Judith Anderson, Australian actress (died 1992) February 12 -
Vola Vale, American actress (died 1970) March 16 -
Conrad Nagel, American actor (died 1970) March 19 -
Betty Compson, American actress (died 1974) June 16 -
Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (died 1948) June 19 -
Moe Howard, American actor and comedian (died 1975) June 23 -
Alexandru Giugaru, Romanian actor (died 1986) July 10 –
John Gilbert, American actor (died 1936) August 31 -
Fredric March, American actor (died 1975) October 28 -
Edith Head, American costume designer (died 1981) September 23 -
Walter Pidgeon, American actor (died 1984) November 13 -
Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (died 1975) November 25 -
Ruth Etting, American actress, singer (died 1978)
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