Happy Holidays to all of my friends and visitors! Here is a gift to all from The Forlorn Path:
This is George A. Smith’s short film “Santa Claus” from 1898. Smith was a pioneer of British cinema and was a friend and colleague of Georges Méliès. Smith began as a stage illusionist and magician, and like Méliès, would later incorporate these skills into the new art of filmmaking.
This film is most likely the first time Santa was put on film. It is interesting to note that he has the same overall appearance as he is portrayed today, albeit a bit thinner and perhaps a little more pagan-looking. Also, instead of coming down a chimney, he enters the children’s room through a magical portal.
I find these old films so very fascinating; they are like magical portals that transcend the sands of time and give us a glimpse into the past. I hope that you enjoy it.