There is not much of a plot – goldfish in bowl – but the scene and others from the same rolls of film were revealed on Wednesday as the earliest colour moving images ever made in a discovery that does nothing less than "rewrite film history".
The National Media Museum in Bradford said it had found what it contends are truly historic films from 1901/02, pre-dating what had been thought to be the first successful colour process – Kinemacolor – by eight years.
"We believe this will literally rewrite film history," said the museum's head of collections, Paul Goodman. "I don't think it is an overstatement. These are the world's first colour moving images."
The films were made by a young British photographer and inventor called Edward Turner, a pioneer who can now lay claim to being the father of moving colour film,
An archivist at the British Film Institute has stumbled across a 1901 movie just one minute long which turns out to be the earliest surviving film featuring a character from the works of Charles Dickens.
Bryony Dixon was researching early films of China when she noticed an entry in a catalogue referring to The Death of Poor Joe, which she realised could refer to a character in Dickens' Bleak House.
Not expecting to find a film to match the catalogue entry - most movies this old have not survived - Dixon says she was astonished to discover the film was actually in the BFI's collection, albeit under a different title.
The discovery was announced on Friday, just over a month after the bicentenary of Dickens' birth was celebrated around the world.
Director: Bruce Reisman.
Writer: Bruce Reisman and Kris Black.
Here is another entry into the worst films for 2011 here at 28Dla. The title of this latest nomination is The House That Jack Built and this is more of an ego project for actor Kris Black than anything else. Poor acting, lack of rehearsals, a small budget and the use of one set make this film feel cheap, while the script is seriously uninspired. As a little backstory, "The House That Jack Built" was originally a poem from 1755 and there have been at least eleven films made with this title, beginning with George Albert Smith's experimental 1910 film. Without having seen the other ten films, this version is by far the worst. Although this film was technically released on DVD in August of 2010, The House That Jack Built releases this month through video-on-demand.
The first thing you see on entering Capturing Colour is Loïe Fuller, or one of her imitators, performing the "Serpentine Dance" on the earliest kind of colour film, hand-tinted frame by frame. Fuller's act, which involved her whirling her silky costume about the stage of the Folies-Bergère with arms and sticks, while bathed in multi-coloured light, transfixed the poets, painters, and sculptors of fin-de-siècle Europe, who saw in the dance a return to the primitive and intuitive, a manifestation of "Art, nameless, radiant", as one of them had it.
Though the film is, conventionally speaking, a relic, the very unnaturalness of the colourist's splotchy handiwork is, speaking otherwise, true to Fuller's literary reputation, taking us a shade closer towards understanding what Mallarmé, intoxicated by her "limelit phantasmagoria", meant by "the
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