Merry Christmas to everybody, dear readers! This year, I want to rediscover with you old film productions belonging to experiments made by filmmakers, from around the world, who first began to use the camera. In particular, I want to show you short christmas film shot during the early years of the XIX century.
So we can start with Le reve de Noel by Georges Méliès (1900). Some children go to sleep and dreams overcome their minds.
The little match seller, directed by James Williamson in 1902, is based on a novel by Hans Christian Andersen.
Another interesting short film comes from Russia: The night before Christmas was shot in 1913 by Wladyslaw Starewicz. He was a stop-motion animator and he also used insects and animals as protagonists of his films. This short film is based on the tale of the same name by Nikolaj Gogol, but the plot is close to Gogol’s classic tale. The action is set in a Cossack stanitsa. On Christmas Eve, a minor demon arrives to a local witch called Solokha. Their trick will involve two lovers.
Finally, here is the classic and famous A Christmas Carol (1910) by J. Searle Dawley, based on the Charles Dickens’ novel.
What do you think about? Is it a beautiful gift for you?
Cheers and love,