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The Night Before Christmas1905

  • 3.8
"A Visit from St. Nicholas," the memorable holiday poem by Clement Clarke Moore, is adapted for the screen by longtime Edison Manufacturing Company director Edwin S. Porter. "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Though, in this version, we don't begin there. We start with the man-in-the-red-suit feeding his reindeer. They'll need it for the long night ahead.

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When you read that a movie was created by the Edison Manufacturing Company, you know that you are enjoying a portion of silent film history. It's a creative short, on a timeless subject, considering it was produced over 100 years ago. They not only tell the entire poem in 8 minutes, but add a prelude.

The most interesting segment is the scene where the reindeer travel to the village on what appears to be a circular track. Up and down they go through the woods and into the night sky. The camera pans 360 degrees until Santa and company arrive on the roof top. He bounds down the chimney and delivers.

You will enjoy this film, if for no other reason than to see what Christmas might have looked like in 1905.

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When you read that a movie was created by the Edison Manufacturing Company, you know that you are enjoying a portion of silent film history. It's a creative short, on a timeless subject, considering it was produced over 100 years ago. They not only tell the entire poem in 8 minutes, but add a prelude.

The most interesting segment is the scene where the reindeer travel to the village on what appears to be a circular track. Up and down they go through the woods and into the night sky. The camera pans 360 degrees until Santa and company arrive on the roof top. He bounds down the chimney and delivers.

You will enjoy this film, if for no other reason than to see what Christmas might have looked like in 1905.

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1905. That's a lot of Christmases between then and now. While this film doesn't have the inventive charm of a film like Méliès' "Christmas Dream," it does fill you with a certain sense of wonder for days gone by, like finding a faded Christmas card at the bottom of a desk drawer.

would not show entire film, only first 40 ish seconds, then loop back to beginning.

My wife (not a fan of silent film) and I greatly enjoyed this. Not only a fine telling of the story, but great use of props and film techniques. We hope to watch it again next holiday season.

Well done, especially for 1905, ahead of its time!!

For one of the earliest film versions, it was wonderful

Pretty cool ~