The Magic Box

by missizziemcguinness


Robert Donat stars as William Friese Green, a real life film-maker and photographer whose work was under appreciated in the early years of film, and who apparently made the first film camera. Through experimentation and obsessive interest in his ambitions, his work was brushed aside and he neglects other aspects of his life, such as his family and other interests.

Apparently this movie didn’t do too well at the box office, which is slightly ironic in some ways. However, I liked the interior sets of the houses in the movie and Robert Donat was good in the film because he portrayed the man at any age as his face can easily be adjusted to age. I understood most of the film references towards the beginning of the movie (in the opening credits they made a reference to Louis le Prince, a filmmaker who mysteriously disappeared in 1890 after trying to promote his film Roundhay Garden Scene), and when they walked into the tent and showed some of the Lumiere Brothers’ work.

Overall, it was a good movie and I hope to watch it again at some point.