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What the Dickens? An early celluloid gem & more

What the Dickens? An early celluloid gem & more

Check out the latest tidbit from the Internet time capsule: The British Film Institute has rediscovered what is believed to be the earliest celluloid adaptation of a Charles Dickens story. Granted it’s only a 1-minute long silent film depicting a scene from the Charles Dickens’ novel Bleak House, but it’s still impressive considering its provenance. The silent film is believed to have been made in 1901 by G.A. Smith who was a pretty interesting dude. Apparently he was “a stage hypnotist, psychic, magic lantern lecturer, astronomer, inventor, and one of the pioneers of British cinema.”