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Santa Claus (1898)

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"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree. He then fills the stockings that were previously hung on the mantle by the children. ... See full summary »

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"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree. He then fills the stockings that were previously hung on the mantle by the children. After walking backward and surveying his work, he suddenly darts at the fireplace and disappears up the chimney. This film surprises everyone, and leaves them to wonder how old Kris disappears." Written by Lubin Films (1907)

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13 December 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Although D.W. Griffith is usually honored as the inventor of modern film grammar, most of the groundwork was laid down a decade earlier by George Smith of England. This is one of his early films.

But even this particular Athena did not spring fully born from the mind of Zeus, and we can see that Smith is using a lot of magic lantern grammar -- the children dream of Santa and he appears in a small circular image in the upper right corner, straight out of the preceding technology's grammar. This particular technique would not vanish for another decade and a half -- and arguably is still in occasional use in such peculiarities as SHERLOCK JUNIOR and its successor THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO as well as Jeunet's UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANCAILLES.

Another point of interest is the title of this movie. Although Clement Clarke Moore's poem, 'A Visit from Saint Nick' was well known and popular, it's a Dutch and New York and hence American phenomenon. What was an Englishman, with their Father Christmas, doing playing with the idea? It seems to me that Smith may have been a far more important figure in popular culture than even I thought.


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