Enough already with the lists of the best movies of last year or last decade! What about the best movies of exactly 100 years ago? Which ones astounded audiences the same way James Cameron's Avatar is doing today?
While not all films from that period are easily available—both the Edison Company's A Trip to Mars and The Comet, a world-destroying film made by the Michael Bay of 100 years ago, are hard to locate—we've found three 1910 flicks that will give you an idea of what wowed yesterday's audiences long before GGI, IMAX and 3-D.
Check them out below!
The first film adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel starred a weird-looking Frankenstein's monster, brought to life, despite the primitive special effects, in a sequence that still ranks as one of the creature's creepiest moments.
A Christmas Carol
This early adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story may not have had Jim Carrey's elastic face smothered by 3-D animation, but its Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (though, after 100 years, we guess they're all Ghosts of Christmas Past by now) are still enough to reform any Scrooge.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum's novel added Imogene the Cow as a companion alongside Toto the dog. We can see why she didn't catch on. But the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the rest of our Oz friends were still there to amaze turn-of-last-century audiences.
So—were you able to set aside your 2010 eyes for a moment and look at these as yesterday's audiences would have?