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

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

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. 

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