This Film Is 100 Years Old
December 22, 2019 3:08 PM   Subscribe

This Film Is 100 Years Old
This Film Is 100 Years Old is a site where I watch and review films that are 100 years old (or sometimes even more). Films I've looked at so far include Lotte Reiniger's first ever cartoon, the first appearance of Felix The Cat and a minute long piece of footage of a printing press in motion, as well as the first appearance of Santa Claus, 121 years ago.

I've only just started this, so there's obviously a huge amount of 1919 I missed out, and my selection of films so far tends towards the short and the animated. If anyone has suggestions of things that are 100 years old or more that I should watch (including things from 1920, too!), please say.

I also have a letterboxd account, if anyone wants to follow me there.

These Films Are 100 Years Old

Bamboozled (1919)
Feline Follies (1919)
Smashing Barriers (1919)
Press (1919)
Oh'Phelia: A Cartoon Burlesque (1919)
Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens (1919)

These Films Are More Than 100 Years Old

Santa Claus (1898)
The "?" Motorist (1906) and it's remake The Automatic Motorist (1911)
Fantasmagorie; Le cauchemar de Fantoche; and Un drame chez les fantoches (1908)
To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly (1909)
Animated Putty (1911)
Suspense (1913)
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posted by dng (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Wikipedia's “1920s in film” article might be of interest. Note the links to individual years' lists of films.
posted by XMLicious at 9:07 AM on December 23, 2019 [1 favorite]

I love this. Bookmarked for future meditative reading and watching.
posted by peppercorn at 12:41 AM on December 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

This really hits a sweetspot for me! Unfortunately, the BFI site doesn’t allow viewing of the videos outside the UK. Yay for YouTube, though!
posted by Thorzdad at 6:24 PM on December 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

Ah, I didn't realise that. Sorry. I'll try to add alternate links if I can. has a lot of these things, too, as well as youtube.
posted by dng at 4:08 AM on December 27, 2019

No worries. It's a copyright thing, I believe. The important thing is you're doing this great service simply by bringing these old films to people's attention!
posted by Thorzdad at 5:50 AM on December 27, 2019 [2 favorites]

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