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Britain's First Ever Sci-Fi Feature Film; A Message from Mars 1913
Topic Started: Dec 14 2014, 03:44 PM (1,259 Views)
Mobson
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A Message from Mars (1913) <comet>

S'all self explanatory...(and available to watch in the link below)... it is the first time in a century that the film - made in 1913 - can be seen at its original length. Plus, ahead of the release, BBC Arts made a special behind-the-scenes film following the work of the BFI technical experts who spent six months painstakingly restoring the silent picture for the digital age. Restoration specialists at the BFI National Archive devoted six months of painstaking work on identifying the missing scenes from each copy and producing a new master with the best available image quality and reproducing the applied colours of the original prints.

see also the original souvenir programme...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4YBYDzdkHF6FCg07Vx9q2Kj/a-message-from-mars-britains-first-ever-sci-fi-feature-film

I'm gonna watch it later before I comment as I've just come back from a cast/crew screening of Sondheim's latest film Into The Woods and my minds still buzzing with loud lyrics and music, but having just given the first five minutes ago - it looks very interesting...
Edited by Mobson, Dec 14 2014, 03:52 PM.
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AmosBurke
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I watched it yesterday and it's much like A Christmas Carol -imdb agrees http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316241/ It's well worth a watch, especially if like me you like silent films. I didn't bother with the sound. In my experience, these new scores do little to enhance the film. Sometimes here in Brum, they will screen a silent film in Symphony Hall and have the CBSO on stage performing a score live. I've been to a few and sat way at the back so as to enjoy the film.
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It's very interesting and the speed looks especially right. I'd like to see it colourised ...... <yikes> ...... which I used to hate - but it's usually/always done subtly and brings old film to life fantastically. I love that time-jump phenomenon and reality then brought back to life.
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