A Message from Mars

The earliest British Sci-Fi movie, The Message from Mars, 1913, restored by the British Film Institute.

The institute’s tireless efforts to restore films like this one ensure that many of these silent, unusual films, windows into a time many of us don’t even realize cameras were there to see, survive into the future. The painstaking reconstruction may seem choppy to our eyes, but the technological advances that were occurring at the time allowing for an hours long film is astonishing.

These works of fiction are often overlooked when looking at film from this era, as it had little historical value, however, it’s a wonderful look at the creativity and story-telling process of the time. It’s the first steps away from the stage-play affect of most early films as early filmakers realized they could step away from the “stage” as it were and create more naturalistic imagery.

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