ⓘ 1908 in film


The Assassination of the Duke of Guise

The Assassination of the Duke of Guise is a French historical film directed by Charles le Bargy and Andre Calmettes, adapted by Henri Lavedan, and featuring actors of the Comedie-Française and prominent set designers. It is one of the first films to feature both an original film score, composed by Camille Saint-Saens, and a screenplay by an eminent screenwriter.


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908 film)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1908 silent horror film starring Hobart Bosworth, and Betty Harte in her film debut. Directed by Otis Turner and produced by William N. Selig, this was the first ever film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevensons 1886 novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The screenplay was actually adapted by George F. Fish and Luella Forepaugh from their own 1897 four act stage play derived from the novel, causing a number of plot differences with the original source. Despite Stevensons protests, this film became the model which influenced all the later film adaptations t ...


Antony and Cleopatra (1908 film)

Antony and Cleopatra is a 1908 film directed by J. Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent and starring Maurice Costello and Florence Lawrence in the title roles, based on William Shakespeares play of the same name. It was the first film to dramatize the ill-fated romance between Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII of Egypt.


The Big Man (1908 film)


Romeo and Juliet (1908 film)

The first American film version of William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet was a silent film short made in 1908 made by Vitagraph Studios. Directed by J. Stuart Blackton, it was filmed at Bethesda Terrace in Manhattan, New York. The film starred Paul Panzer as Romeo and Florence Lawrence as Juliet. It is now considered lost.


The Marriage of Krechinsky


The Taming of the Shrew (1908 film)

The Taming of the Shrew is a 1908 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. It was based on Shakespeares play of the same name. The blurb for the film stated "if we could see ourselves as others see us what models we would become."

1908 in film

ⓘ 1908 in film

  • November 18 – Release in France of The Assassination of the Duke of Guise La Mort du duc de Guise, the first film with a screenplay by an eminent man of letters, the playwright Henri Lavedan; it is also directed by two men of the theatre, Charles Le Bargy and Andre Calmettes, features actors of the Comedie-Française, and is accompanied by a score from Saint-Saens.
  • October 28 – The Russian Film Industry begins with the release of Russias first fictional narrative film Stenka Razin.
  • Pathe invents the newsreel that was shown in cinemas prior to a feature film.
  • December - Thomas Edison forms the Motion Picture Patents Company, with goals of controlling production and distribution, raising theater admission prices, cooperating with censorship bodies, and preventing film stock from getting into the hands of nonmember producers.
  • July 14 – D. W. Griffith becomes a director at the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in New York City. Between 1908 and 1913, Griffith will direct nearly 500 films starting with the release of The Adventures of Dollie.

1. Films released in 1908

  • Fairy Lillian Tries On Her New Corsets
  • The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln
  • Betrayed by a Handprint, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Excursion To The Moon, directed by Segundo de Chomon
  • The Dog And His Various Merits, produced by Pathe
  • The Taming of the Shrew, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • Macbeth, directed by J. Stuart Blackton
  • Over The Hill To The Poorhouse
  • Long Distance Wireless Photography, directed by Georges Melies
  • A LEcu dOr ou la bonne auberge, a French film regarded as one of the first pornographic films
  • The Tempest, directed by Percy Stow
  • Stenka Razin
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The Adventures of Dollie, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • The Haunted House, directed by Segundo de Chomon
  • Un dame vraiment bien Feuillade
  • Cupids Prank, directed by Edwin S. Porter
  • The Thieving Hand, directed by J. Stuart Blackton
  • After Many Years
  • The Assassination of the Duke of Guise
  • Trouble Of A Grass Widower, starring Max Linder
  • Romeo and Juliet, directed by J. Stuart Blackton
  • The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays
  • Whaling Afloat And Ashore, directed by Robert W. Paul
  • Antony and Cleopatra, directed by J. Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent
  • Troubles Of A Manager Of A Burlesque Show
  • Fantasmagorie, directed by Emile Cohl first fully animated film
  • The Physician Of The Castle
  • A Visit To The Seaside, directed by George Albert Smith. First natural color movie in cinema.
  • Magic Bricks, directed by Segundo de Chomon
  • Dreams of Toyland, directed by Arthur Melbourne-Cooper
  • In the Sultans Power
  • From Show Girl To Burlesque Queen
  • Fire In A Burlesque Theatre
  • Rescued from an Eagles Nest, directed by J. Searle Dawley, starring D. W. Griffith
  • Moscow Clad In Snow, produced by Pathe

2. Births

  • January 10
  • Bernard Lee, English actor died 1981
  • Paul Henreid – Austrian-American actor, director died 1992
  • March 5 – Rex Harrison, English actor died 1990
  • December 11
  • April 5 – Bette Davis, American actress died 1989
  • November 16 – Burgess Meredith, American actor died 1997
  • May 30 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor died 1989
  • February 5 – Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress died 1932
  • May 6 – Lucien Ballard – American cinematographer died 1988
  • July 12 – Milton Berle, American actor died 2002
  • January 16 – Ethel Merman, American actress, singer died 1984
  • April 30 – Eve Arden, American actress died 1990
  • February 7 – Buster Crabbe, American actor d. 1983
  • September 13 – Mae Questel, American voice actress died 1998
  • September 15 – Penny Singleton, American actress, died 2003
  • May 20 – James Stewart, American actor died 1997
  • April 19 – Irena Eichlerowna, Polish actress died 1990
  • January 11 – Lionel Stander, American actor died 1994
  • April 2 – Buddy Ebsen, American actor, died 2003
  • February 11 – Philip Dunne, American screenwriter, director, and producer d. 1992
  • February 22 – John Mills, English actor died 2005
  • Sally Eilers, American actress died 1978
  • August 30 – Fred MacMurray, American actor died 1991
  • Manoel de Oliveira, Portuguese director died 2015
  • October 5 – Joshua Logan, American director died 1988
  • April 15 – Lita Grey, American actress died 1995
  • March 7 – Anna Magnani, Italian actress died 1973
  • May 2 – William Bakewell, American actor died 1993
  • March 20 – Michael Redgrave, English actor died 1985
  • January 12 – Jean Delannoy, French director died 2008
  • May 26 – Robert Morley, English actor died 1992
  • April 24 – Marceline Day, American actress died 2000
  • May 31 – Don Ameche, American actor died 1993
  • October 6 – Carole Lombard, American actress died 1942
  • July 18 – Lupe Velez, Mexican actress died 1944
  • February 4 – Gwili Andre, Danish actress died 1959
  • December 13 – Van Heflin, Actor died 1971
  • December 20 – Dennis Morgan, American actor, singer died 1994
  • December 25 – Helen Twelvetrees, American actress died 1958
  • December 28 – Lew Ayres, American actor died 1996
  • December 18 – Celia Johnson, English actress died 1982

3. Film debuts

  • Miriam Nesbitt – Saved by Love
  • Mack Sennett – Old Isaacs, the Pawnbroker short
  • Owen Moore – The Guerilla short
  • Marion Leonard – At the Crossroads of Life short
  • Julia Swayne Gordon – Othello short
  • Earle Williams – Barbara Fritchie: The Story of a Patriotic Woman short
  • Kathlyn Williams – On Thanksgiving Day short
  • D.W. Griffith – actor/writer When Knighthood was in Flower short; producer Deceived Slumming Party short; director The Adventures of Dollie short
  • Sidney Drew – Cupids Realm or A Game of Hearts short
  • Hobart Bosworth – The Count of Monte Cristo short
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  • A Christmas Carol is a 1908 silent film produced by Essanay Studios in Chicago, and the first American film adaptation of Charles Dickens famous 1843
  • French: Fin de reveillon also known as Seeing Things, was a 1908 French short silent comedy film directed by Georges Melies. A partygoer played by Melies
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  • Hamlet is a 1908 French silent film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play, Hamlet. The film was one of the earliest film adaptations of this