Watch ‘Santa Claus’ – the first Christmas film ever made (1898)

Merry Christmas Film Folk!

As a little holiday gift to you, here is a short believed to be the first Christmas film ever made.

Santa Claus was made in 1898 by British hypnotist, illusionist and early film pioneer George Albert Smith.

According to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline it “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.”


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