The Little Match Seller (1903)

Melodrama | 21 March 1903

Director:

James Williamson

Production Company:

Williamson & Co.
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HISTORY

Originally released in Great Britain in 1902, this film used camera effects, mainly superimposed images, instead of title cards to reveal the inner life of the little match girl as she succumbs to the cold.
       James Williamson (1855-1933) was a pioneering and innovative British filmmaker who shot over 130 films between 1897 and 1910. In 1902, he established his own studio in Hove, England, just outside of ... More Less

Originally released in Great Britain in 1902, this film used camera effects, mainly superimposed images, instead of title cards to reveal the inner life of the little match girl as she succumbs to the cold.
       James Williamson (1855-1933) was a pioneering and innovative British filmmaker who shot over 130 films between 1897 and 1910. In 1902, he established his own studio in Hove, England, just outside of Brighton. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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BFC
no. 619.
ECJY4
p. 60.
ECM3
p. 15.
Forgotten Years
p. 8.
New York Clipper
21 Mar 1903
p. 108ta[VIT].
New York Clipper
11 Apr 1903
p. 180ta[ED].
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LITERARY
Based on a fairy tale of "The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen (1845).
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 March 1903
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
210 , 200
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On a snowy evening, in front of a sooty wall, a little match girl wearing only a dress and one shoe tries to keep warm against the snowy cold by lighting her own matches. Her dreams of a Christmas tree and a table loaded with roasted turkey remain vivid up to the moment of her ... +


On a snowy evening, in front of a sooty wall, a little match girl wearing only a dress and one shoe tries to keep warm against the snowy cold by lighting her own matches. Her dreams of a Christmas tree and a table loaded with roasted turkey remain vivid up to the moment of her death. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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