The House That Jack Built (1900 film)

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The House That Jack Built
Screenshot from the film
Directed byGeorge Albert Smith
Produced byGeorge Albert Smith
StarringHarold Smith
Dorothy Smith
CinematographyGeorge Albert Smith
G.A. Smith
Distributed byWarwick Trading Company
Release date
  • October 1900 (1900-10)
Running time
54 seconds
CountryUnited Kingdom
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The House That Jack Built is a 1900 British short silent drama film, directed by George Albert Smith, featuring a boy who knocks over a house made of bricks built by his sister and then rebuilds it when the original sequence is shown in reverse. "In addition to exploiting a popular cinematic trick," of, "reversing the film in the projector," and, "its audience's presumed knowledge of the technique," the director, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "was continuing his experiments with narrative forms," with the reversed sequence, "interpreted as wish-fulfilment on the part of the girl, hoping that time will literally turn back on itself to allow her house to be rebuilt," he, "demonstrates that while this is impossible in reality, it is easily achievable in cinema."[1]


  1. ^ Brooke, Michael. "The House That Jack Built". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

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