The following is an overview of the events of 1897 in film, including a list of films released and notable births.
- 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
- After The Ball, directed by 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.
- La Bandera Argentina, believed for a long time to have been the first Argentine film. Now considered lost.
- Between Calais and Dover directed by Georges Méliès. A fictitious sea crossing.
- The Bewitched Inn, directed by Georges Méliès.
- Buffalo Police on Parade, produced by Edison Studios.
- Chicago Police Parade, directed by Louis Lumière.
- The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight, a documentary directed by 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.
- An Hallucinated Alchemist, directed by 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.
- Kørsel med Grønlandske Hunde, directed by Peter Elfelt; the first Danish movie sequence ever filmed.
- The Last Cartridges directed by Georges Méliès.A dramatised war scene.
- Leander Sisters, produced by Edison Studios.
- Leaving Jerusalem by Railway, directed by 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.
- The Milker's Mishap, directed by James H. White; it is unknown whether or not this film has survived.
- New Pillow Fight, produced by Siegmund Lubin.
- Niagara Falls, directed by Louis Lumière.
- Old Man Drinking a Glass of Beer, directed by George Albert Smith.
- On the Roofs, directed by Georges Méliès.
- Peeping Tom,a production of the American Mutoscope Company. A comedy.
- Sea Fighting in Greece directed by Georges Méliès. A dramatised naval war scene.
- Seminary Girls, directed by James H. White.
- Spanish Bullfight, directed by Louis Lumière
- The Surrender of Tournavos directed by Georges Méliès. A dramatised war scene.
- Sutro Baths, No. 1, produced by Edison Studios.
- The X-Rays, directed by George Albert Smith. Cited as one of the first examples of special effects by jump cut.
- 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)
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- ^ 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.