'The Night Before Christmas': A 107-Year-Old Film From Edison Studios

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Tiny model reindeer dash across a painted, icy landscape in this technically sophisticated early film from Thomas Edison's pioneering film studio. The classic poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, aka The Night Before Christmas, comes to life with Santa Claus, reindeer, and in this version, music from the same time period. An anonymous Internet Archive user created the sound track mostly from "old cylinder recordings from the same studio and period ... all from the Archive." The film was directed by Edwin S. Porter in 1905, with text from the 1823 poem. 

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://archive.org/. The free digital library is currently fundraising to expand its storage capabilities. You can contribute here

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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