Friday, 9 March 2012

Dickens video clip from 1901 found!

The world's oldest surviving Charles Dickens film (i.e. based on something he wrote) was discovered in February of this year - just one day after the 200th anniversary of this famous author's birth on 7 February 1812. The discovery of The Death of Poor Jo, which dates back to March 1901, was made by British Film Institute (BFI) curator Bryony Dixon. Until now, the earliest known Dickens film was Scrooge, or Marley's Ghost, released in November 1901. Both films were made by pioneer filmmaker G.A. Smith. (via the BBC)

(Note that the clip has no sound.)

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