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24 December 2012

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas! Watch 100 Year Old Santa Claus Films

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Well I hope all the boy and girls in film fanland tonight will brush their teeth, hang up their stockings and get some shut eye as our favourite overweight man with a big white beard and a iconic red and white suite will be delivering his presents as we sleep. Ole Santa Clause is the icon for this time of the year outside the religion importance of this time of the year and is subject to many Christmas based films every year. Lets step back in time to over 100 years ago and thanks to BFI (via Filmschoolrejects) we have 5 films all short films which show Old Saint Nick or the spirit of Christmas.

George Albert Smith‘s 1898 short Santa Claus (aka The Visit From Santa Claus), which is one of the first on screen adaptations of Santa showing the big man deliver gifts to a house but compare it to The Night Before Christmas not the Tim Burton  film but Edwin S Porter's version. produced by none other than Thomas Edison which expands on the delivering with going into Santa's workshop as well as a wonderful sleigh ride. A Little Girl Who Did Not Believe in Santa Claus based on Virginia O’Hanlon story Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus which expands more on the characters magic and a myth of a boy who lasso's Santa taking him back to Virginia and to homes of poor kids which apparently he doesn't do! In the 1914 docunmentary come fantasy Making Christmas Crackers, we see a set of women create the crackers we like to pull at our dinners with the final part we see Santa appear when some kids pull a giant cracker. Finally we have   Wladyslaw Starewicz's  The Insects’ Christmas a creepy but intriguing Polish short which sees a Santa ornament celebrate Christmas in the company of insects.

We all take Christmas for granted and expect certain things, traditions so it's always fascinating to go back to a period before high tech films, computers, technology in general dominated our lives, when life was more innocent and the true message of Christmas wasn't about commercialization.

The Insects' Christmas from David Cairns on Vimeo.

25 November 2010


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Are you a horror fan or wanting to bring a little bit of festive terror to your yultide celebrations? If you do kick off December by checking out RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE when its released on December 3rd by Icon Distribution. I started looking at this movie a while back at my other blog cinehouse and its toured the film festival network picking up accolades at Sigtes Film Festival (best film & director) along with noteable inclusion at Toronto & London and the movie has grown strength to strength.I caught the trailer the last couple weeks at the cinema and I love to observe the audience reaction and it was of surprise as well as enjoyments, watch something different this festive season check out RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE

Trailer after the break.....