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Start: 16 October 2022
From: 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm

Celebrating Cinema: The Magic Box (U) #1


Celebrating Cinema: The Magic Box (U)

Director: John Boulting
Starring: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Renee Asherson
Biography, Drama | UK | 1951
1 hr 58 mins

Robert Donat stars as William Friese-Greene, the overlooked British cinema trailblazer, who races against world competitors to invent moving pictures in director John Boulting’s magical British 1951 all-star celebration for the Festival of Britain. Written by the talented Eric Ambler, and based on Ray Allister’s biography Friese-Greene, Close Up of an Inventor, it is a lovely film, splendidly entertaining, informative and engrossing.

Event Information

Fourth film in our “Celebrating Cinema series”. The others are:

The Artist – click here 
Cinema Paradiso – click here
Adaptation – click here
The Player – click here
Day For Night – click here


Sunday 16 Oct. 5.15 pm Celebrating
Cinema with Introduction by a cinema historian from Arts University Bournemouth.
The Rex Cinema BH20 4JX
£7.50: £5.50 (students and under 25s)


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Additional information

Additional information


Biography, CLASSIC


The Rex


No trailer available but we did find this wonderful old newsreel footage of the premiere in 1951: