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Director  Edwin S. Porter
Story by  Clement Clarke Moore
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Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Short, Family
Cinematography  Edwin S. Porter
Writer  Clement Moore (poem)
Language  English
The Night Before Christmas (1905 film) movie poster
Release date  December 16, 1905 (1905-12-16)
Genres  Short Film, Silent film, Animation, Fantasy, Family film
Related Edwin S. Porter movies  Edwin S Porter directed The Night Before Christmas and The Little Train Robbery, Edwin S Porter directed The Night Before Christmas and The Great Train Robbery, Edwin S Porter directed The Night Before Christmas and Life of an American Fireman

The Night Before Christmas is a 1905 American silent short film directed by Edwin S. Porter for the Edison Manufacturing Company. It closely follows Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, and was the first film production of the poem.

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Plot summary

Scenes are introduced using lines of the poem. Santa Claus, played by Harry Eytinge, is shown feeding real reindeer and finishes his work in the workshop. Meanwhile, the children of a city household hang their stockings and go to bed, but unable to sleep they engage in a pillow fight. Santa Claus leaves his home on a sleigh with his reindeer. He enters the children's house through the chimney, and leaves the presents. The children come down the stairs and enjoy their presents.

Production

1,670 ft of film was shot, with 798 ft used. A panoramic shot of Santa Claus riding his sleigh over hills and the moon was shot using miniatures and a painted backdrop. The film is available on the Kino DVD A Christmas Past.

References

The Night Before Christmas (1905 film) Wikipedia
The Night Before Christmas (1905 film) IMDb The Night Before Christmas (1905 film) themoviedb.org


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