Poll Suggestion: Top 10 Short Films That Made History

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To be fair, these short films weren't all the first to achieve what they did, maybe third or second, but they made the biggest impact retrospectively. Each one changed the rules of the game, ensuring the progression of Motion Pictures: arts, science and popular entertainment.

Which of these 10 shorts is the most culturally significant?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls090252620/

If you're not familiar with these short films, don't worry, in less than one hour and half, you can discover them all.
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I haven't seen 'The Arrival of a Train' but it was said to arouse panic among the audience so it gets my vote
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It's on YouTube and it's short. Not a difficult hill to overcome in terms of seeing these alleged landmark films.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dgLEDdFddk

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The Great Train Robbery. The contributions of the other short films may have been important, but crosscutting and proper storytelling are essential for what we think of as cinema.
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I'd argue that shorts of Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince were as important (of not more important) than the first pick, L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, but it's debatable. Still Le Prince and some other pioneers are very much overlooked in favor of Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison and at this point they are criminally overlooked...   

Overall, list is great, if a bit subjective (but that is also a big part of its appeal).
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The Kiss (1896)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139738/reference
Not Rated  1 min  Short, Romance  01 Apr 1896 (USA)
 
In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen...
 
A fifteen-second kiss by May Irwin and John C. Rice
in the movie brought the first demand for film censorship.
 
This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q690-IexNB4

Production Companies:
Edison Manufacturing Company
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Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000008/reference
1 min  Documentary, Short  09 Jan 1894 (USA)
 
A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes.
This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was
the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.
 
This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wnOpDWSbyw
 
Production Companies:
Edison Manufacturing Company
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Some photographer took a series of still photos with many cameras of a race horse
to see if all 4 feet ever left the ground at the same time 
This was made into a short movie

I do not know who did it or when this was done or how to find it now
May be really old ? ? - First sports movie ? ?
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The earliest films listed on IMDb:

Released between 1850-01-01 and 1899-12-31 (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?release_date=1850-01-01,1899-12-31&sort=release_date,asc

Passage de Venus (1874)
Series of photographs of the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun in 1874.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LowU9vKZzJs

Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878)
The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keAC1v3zlg8

Athlete Swinging a Pick (1881)
In this brief photographic sequence, Eadweard Muybridge himself poses nude and swings a miner's pick, in 18 different photographs.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7iedeu

Buffalo Running (1883)
Individual photographs of the running of a buffalo shot in rapid succession.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bqu6YsQocU

L'homme machine (1885)
A machine tries to replicate a man walking.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMh7GI9pEIY
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First 10 entries to IMDb ...

Carmencita (1894)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000001/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Carmencita+%281894%29+
 
Le clown et ses chiens (1892)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000002/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Le+clown+et+ses+chiens+%281892%29+
 
Pauvre Pierrot (1892)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000003/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Pauvre+Pierrot+%281892%29+
 
Un bon bock (1892)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000004/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Un+bon+bock+%281892%29+
 
Blacksmith Scene (1893)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000005/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Blacksmith+Scene+%281893%29+
 
Chinese Opium Den (1894)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000006/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Chinese+Opium+Den+%281894%29+
 
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000007/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Corbett+and+Courtney+Before+the+Kinetograph+%281894%29
 
Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000008/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Edison+Kinetoscopic+Record+of+a+Sneeze+%281894%29
 
Miss Jerry (1894)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000009/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Miss+Jerry+%281894%29+
 
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000010/reference
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Employees+Leaving+the+Lumi%C3%A8re+Factory+%281895%29+
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10887700/reference 10,887,700
 
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10887701/reference
 
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Random Feats of Magic and One Fireball (2019)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10887702/reference
 
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10887703/reference
 
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10887704/reference
 
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10887705/reference
 
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A trip to the moon.
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Why is the UPA cartoon so notable? Everything else are milestones for the medium of cinema. This seems just a milestone for a single (tepid) studio.
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It really changed the face of animation and paved the way for a minimalist format that were more suitable for the demands of the big screen, the whole Hanna Barbera style that prevailed till the 80s and the pre-Renaissance Disney films were based on the UPA format, there was definitely a before and after McBoingBoing
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So? The dreck of animation?
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Well, even Hitler made history...
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From your list I have seen 6, and my favorite is Voyage dans la Lune.

However I would like to make a case for the following shorts:

La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon (1895) - It was this one, and not 'The Arrival of a Train' as it is usually believed, the first film to be shown on a big screen to a paying audience, and thus this is actually the birth of Cinema.

Roundhay Garden Scene (1888) - This predtaes the Lumiere works by seven years and is actually the first film and first director in history, he is unfairly forgotten. Also, it is different from other early shorts because the people in it are actually acting.

Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894) - The first recorded sound film in history, over 30 years before Steamboat Willie.
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Thanks everybody, it's always great to suggest a poll that gather many reactions, I knew the list would be "controversial" (can't think of a better word, subjective maybe...)

I'll probably add some suggestions but again, as I said in the intro, I'm much aware that most of these shorts didn't invent the wheel but were probably the most 'emblematic', before 'The Great Train Robbery', there was a 'firemen' short that used the same editing tricks, but it's not well-known except by movie experts, I tried to be as broad as possible when I made the list, but I shouldn't use my knowledge as a parameter to define what is revolutionary and what is not.

I guess I have some homework for that poll...
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