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1897 in Film
The following is an overview of the events of
1897 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.
Events May 4: 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.  June 20:
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee procession filmed. 
Mitchell and Kenyon go into a film-making partnership.  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
, directed by After The Ball Georges Méliès. First film to create the illusion of female nudity through a skin looking designed costume.
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.
directed by Between Calais and Dover Georges Méliès. A fictitious sea crossing.
, directed by The Bewitched Inn Georges Méliès.
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.
, directed by An Hallucinated Alchemist Georges Méliès. May be the first film to feature stop motion animation in cinema.
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
directed by The Last Cartridges Georges Méliès. A dramatised war scene.
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 New Pillow Fight Siegmund Lubin.
Niagara Falls, directed by Louis Lumière.
, directed by Old Man Drinking a Glass of Beer George Albert Smith.
, directed by On the Roofs Georges Méliès.
,a production of the Peeping Tom American Mutoscope Company. A comedy.
directed by Sea Fighting in Greece Georges Méliès. A dramatised naval war scene.
Seminary Girls, directed by James H. White.
Spanish Bullfight, directed by Louis Lumière
directed by The Surrender of Tournavos Georges Méliès. A dramatised war scene.
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.
Births January 3
January 10 -
Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress (died 1931) January 30 -
Mary Ellis, American singer and actress (died 2003) February 10 -
Judith Anderson, Australian actress (died 1992) February 12 -
Vola Vale, American actress (died 1970) February 19 -
Alma Rubens, American actress (died 1931) March 16 -
Conrad Nagel, American actor (died 1970) March 19 -
Betty Compson, American actress (died 1974) May 18 -
Frank Capra, Italian-American director (died 1991) 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 6 -
Francine Mussey, French actress (died 1933) October 28 -
Edith Head, American costume designer (died 1981) September 3 -
Cecil Parker (Schwabe), English actor (died 1971) 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)
Amoedo, O (13 June 1998). "[Fire on the Charity Bazaar]". Rev Museo Fac Odontol B Aires. 13: 16-20. PMID 11625405.
Klein, Christopher (5 June 2012). "Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee". history.com . Retrieved 2015.
Vanessa Toulmin; Simon Popple; Patrick Russell (2004). The lost world of Mitchell and Kenyon. BFI Publications. p. 6. ISBN 1844570460.