Santa Claus (1898 film)

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Santa Claus
Santa Claus, 1898.gif
Screencap from the film
Directed byGeorge Albert Smith
StarringLaura Bayley
Harold Smith
Dorothy Smith
Release date
  • September 1898 (1898-09)
Running time
1 min 16 secs
CountryUnited Kingdom
Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a 1898 British short silent drama film, directed by George Albert Smith, which features Santa Claus visiting a house on Christmas Eve. The film, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "is believed to be the cinema's earliest known example of parallel action and, when coupled with double-exposure techniques that Smith had already demonstrated in the same year's The Mesmerist (1898) and Photographing a Ghost (1898), the result is one of the most visually and conceptually sophisticated British films made up to then."[1][2]


  1. ^ Brooke, Michael. "Santa Claus". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  2. ^ Fisher, David. "Santa Claus". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

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