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A Message from Mars
A Message from Mars

A Message from Mars 1913

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A Message from Mars 1913

59 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Wallett Waller

Britain's first full-length science fiction feature, largely unseen for over a century, has been restored by the BFI National Archive and is now accompanied by a new score by composer Matthew Herbert, commissioned by the BFI and the BBC. The plot, an intriguing variation on A Christmas Carol, concerns a Martian who's exiled to Earth with the mission to change the heart of a selfish man.

This fascinating film was based on a highly popular stage play which saw many revivals over 30 years in Britain. It features the first on-screen imaginings of Martians by a British film-maker, as futuristically clad members of the Martian court. Thought transference, instant space travel, mind control and the use of a far-seeing crystal ball all feature in this ground-breaking film. Restoration specialists at the BFI National Archive, in collaboration with Dragon Digital in Wales, spent over six months painstakingly assembling the full-length film from two shorter versions and a tinted print held by the Museum of Modern Art.

Directed by

J. Wallett Waller

Featuring

Charles Hawtrey

E. Holman Clark

Hubert Willis

Genres

Science Fiction

Collection

Contact! Christmas Crackers

Released

1913

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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