Many of the earliest films are available on YouTube. Mental_floss gathered a collection that were produced by Thomas Edison’s studio about 110 years ago. Most of them run about 10 minutes and , obviously, all of them are silent.
Early films from the Edison Manufacturing Co. showed off “actualities”: celebrities, news, disasters, and expositions. But later, the company switched to creating narrative films more in line with what we watch at the movies today. Here are a few of the company’s early productions.