Hey, I bet when you woke up today you didn’t think you’d log onto the web and see the world’s FIRST COLOR FILM FOOTAGE! Did you? If you did then it’s likely that you saw it last night and were anticipating seeing it again when you woke up, in which case: You know that you are not the audience I’m talking to. Stop being such a jerk. Let everyone else have some fun! IT’S FRIDAY! From the BBC:

The world’s first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in a tin for 110 years
“It’s very significant indeed, it’s the world’s first natural colour film and the fact that it’s a Brit who invented it is fantastic.”

Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film at the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archives, said the 1902 footage was of international significance for the cinema world.

“There’s something about watching film in colour that deceives you into believing it’s more real, so to see this from 110 years ago adds something very substantial.

“It’s really quite beautiful.”

Enough talk, let’s take a look at this thing!

Wow. I would never have guessed that the first piece of color film footage, recorded 110 years ago, would have been of a man dressed as Borat, doing a medium-bad Borat impression. Honestly — I hope this doesn’t sound too foolish — I didn’t even know they knew about Borat back then! That is really something. Stunning, too. Really beautiful. It really makes you JUST KIDDING THAT’S NOT THE REAL FOOTAGE! Hahahhahahaha. I really got you! Hahaha, ahhhhh. I’m sorry, it’s just like I had to. You know? Anyway here’s the real footage:

Hahahahaahaha AHHHHHHHH. I got you again! RickRoll’d. Bet you did not think you were going to get RickRoll’d just then! Man, look at you, face all red. I am sorry about that, but I’m sure you understand — had to do it. Anyway this is the real one:

NO JOKES. Just some kids in tons of clothing hitting flowers against a vase. A beautiful and kind of crazy piece of human history. Nice. I like. (Via BBC.)

Comments (21)
  1. “There’s something about watching film in colour that deceives you into believing it’s more real,” is my new favorite quote. If only we could figure out what it is about filming in color that seems more realistic!

  2. Are those kids autistic? Is that what passed for fun in 1902? “Those crazy kids had such a wild tea party that day, we had to ground them until the county got electricity!”

  3. If they could only see how far we’ve came. Anthropomorphic composer mice are just a bonus.

  4. Oh man, this just made my morning. I mean the color thing was cool, but mostly I’m pumped about Rick Astley.

  5. Could those babies be alive still?

  6. Instagram before it was cool.

  7. “Dressing your kids in an ass-ton of clothes so that they can’t even move” was the 1902 version of “Plopping your kids in front of the TV” brand of bad parenting.

    • “But moooooommmm it’s hot in here!”

      “Air conditioning hasn’t been invented yet! You want to see hot? HERE. Wear all the clothes.”

  8. ” oh shit, i’m gonna get swallowed by the Sun… oh no, i’m fine… oh shit, i’m gonna get…”
    – The fish. Over and over.

  9. I heard this poor guy died before he could convince anyone that his invention was important. As Packy would say, “sux for him”.

  10. So the first known colour film footage was a home movie? Not porn?

    Colour me stunned.

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