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Box of Delights: The '?' Motorist (1906)

Material to accompany the BFI Mediatheque Box of Delights DVD.

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35mm, black and white, silent, 181 feet
Production CompanyPaul's Animatograph Works
Focus Questions
In the Classroom

A motorist goes to extreme lengths to evade the law, in this early trick film.

The '?' Motorist is one of the more eccentrically-plotted 'trick films' made by Paul's Animatograph Works in the early years of the twentieth century and one of a number of collaborations between R.W. Paul, a leading British film pioneer, and W.R. Booth, a stage magician and illusionist.

In this charming short, an un-named speeding motorist is so keen to avoid the law that he travels to and around the rings of Saturn, before returning to Earth to cause more mischief!

Follow the link to In The Classroom at the top of this page for teaching suggestions for the Primary classroom. In Focus Questions you'll find suggestions for questions to focus students' attention while watching the film. These will also help to develop their understanding of film language.

Video Clips
Complete film (2:22)
Downloadable Teaching Resources
Cs and Ss worksheet

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