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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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Designing the grammar of cinema
27 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is it magic lantern or already a movie in its own rights? I would say it's still in between: the children are dreaming of Santa Claus, he's making his appearance in some kind of nineteenth century UFO in the upper corner of the screen, then by some magic he enters the room. Still thin, not the fat guy of today's commercials, still dressed in a robe, no boots, no trousers; definitely the Santa of our great-great-grandfathers' dreams.

This movie proves the genius of George Albert Smith: he was still in transition toward the cinematic specific, while resolutely designing the grammar of the new art.

Well, this is fine, but the question remains: this apparition of Santa, is it a dream, or a parallel action? You know, that's with the great movies: they have open endings, leaving the outcome for us.


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