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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:59 PM

Santa Claus (1898)

Merry Christmas from 114 years ago



Made in 1898, G.A. Smith's 'Santa Claus' is a film of considerable technical ambition and accomplishment for its period. It uses pioneering visual effects in its depiction of a visit from St. Nicholas.

A former magic lanternist and hypnotist, Smith was one of the first British film-makers to make extensive use of special effects to create fantastical scenes. It comes as little surprise that Smith corresponded with the French pioneer Georges Méliès at about this time, as the two men shared a common goal in terms of creating an authentic cinema of illusion.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:02 PM

1. And stockings on the foot rails of the bed! Also, I love the closing line:

"The Rest is Noise"



Happy Season!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:09 PM

2. Simply Wonderful!!** oh, former magic lanternist too and hyponotist... cool

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:37 PM

3. k & r

beautiful old film

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:21 AM

4. This needs a blooper reel...

... which would be really awkward for a film this short -- but Santa's present fell out of the second stocking right after he put it in there. ... ...

But this is amazing footage. Thanks for the post!

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