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10 Thomas Edison films in 3 minutes - the first films made in America

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Thomas Edison's ten oldest surviving films. The great inventor pioneered film-making in the US, and here are his first 10 attempts.

He was greatly assisted by director and inventor William K. L. Dickson and director of photography William Heise.

They were all filmed at Edison's studios in West Orange, New Jersey.

From youngest to oldest, they are:
10. Carmencita
Filmed March 10-16, 1894
According to the renowned film historian Charles Musser, Carmencita, the Spanish dancer in the film was the first woman to ever appear in front of Edison's motion picture camera.

9. Sandow
Filmed March 6, 1894

8. The Barbershop
Filmed before early March 1894

7. Athlete with wand
Filmed February 1894

6. Fred Ott's Sneeze
January 2-7, 1894

5. Blacksmith Scene
Filmed April 1893

4. Newark Athlete
Filmed ca. May to June 1891

3. Men Boxing
Filmed ca. May to June 1891

2. Dickson Greeting
Filmed by May 20, 1891

1. Monkeyshines, No. 1 & No.2
Filmed somewhere between June 1889 and November 2127, 1890
Believed to be the first film shot in the US

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Music: Hitman, Kevin MacLeod, Licenced by CC by 3.0

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