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World's oldest Charles Dickens film discovered

8 March 2012 11:35 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A 111-year-old film which depicts a character from Bleak House, was found by an archivist at the British Film Institute

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. »

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