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Rex Cinema: The Magic Box
Purbeck Film Festival
Director: John Boulting
Starring: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Renee Asherson
Biography, Drama | UK | 1951 1 hr 58 mins
Fourth film in our “Celebrating Cinema series”. with Introduction by a cinema historian from Arts University Bournemouth.
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.