George Albert Smith

DCP. D.: 1’. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Following the invention of Kinemacolor in 1906, and before Kinemacolor was first shown publicly in May 1908 (though it only became known as Kinemacolor in February 1909), numerous test films were made by its inventor George Albert Smith. A small number of these survive, thanks to film collector Graham Head who was a near neighbour of the long-lived Smith in Hove, England. This example was designed to demonstrate the versatility of the system in capturing a range of colours, in this case different Scottish tartan cloths. The woman is believed to be Smith’s daughter Dorothy. The film was never issued commercially.

Luke McKernan

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