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Frame scan from The Magic Circle via the Pacific Film Archive.

Identifier:

  • b18379945 (Source: UC Berkeley Library Web Catalog)

Date produced: 1923

Filmmaker(s):

Alexander Black

Languages:

English

Length:

1 reel (160 ft)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

Pacific Film Archive list of titled amateur films

Description:

"Alexander Black imagines his grandchildren appearing around him in a swirl of double-exposed trick cinematography." UC Berkeley Library.

Resources:

The brochure "Alexander Black: Cinema Pioneer" (Pacific Film Archive, Nov. 22, 2009) notes that The Magic Circle is recognized as one of the earliest amateur films, as Black shot the film shortly after 16mm film was released in 1923.

This film was preserved and is held by the Pacific Film Archive.

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Repository:

Alexander Black Collection, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Screenings:

  • Screened on the program "Alexander Black: Cinema Pioneer" at the Pacific Film Archive on Nov. 22, 2009: Berkeley, CA