A Christmas Past: Vintage Holiday Films. Various directors, 1901-1925.
Edition screened: Kino DVD, released 2000. Scored, no dialogue tracks, and some films with English intertitles. Cumulative runtime approximately 121 minutes.
Summary: A Christmas Accident includes the discovery of a small dog found dead, presumably poisoned, 5:42-6:24. The other films are free of depictions of violence or harm to animals.
An enjoyable group of primitive winter-themed films, as much documentaries of a lost world as Holiday fantasies:
• A Holiday Pageant at Home (unknown director, 1901, 5 minutes)
• A Winter Straw Ride (Edwin S. Porter, 1906, 7 minutes)
• A Trap for Santa (D.W. Griffith, 1909, 16 minutes)
• A Christmas Accident (Bannister Merwin, 1912, 15 minutes)
• The Adventures of the Wrong Santa Claus (unknown director, 1914, 14 minutes)
• Santa Claus vs. Cupid (Will Louis, 1915, 16 minutes)
• Santa Claus (unknown director, 1925, 29 minutes)
• A Christmas Carol (unknown director, 1910, 10 minutes)
• The Night Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1905, 9 minutes)