Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas (1934-1991) had a passion for pre-cinema optical devices like magic lanterns, praxinoscopes, camera obscuras and dioramas. After his death his extensive collection was donated to Exeter University, where it now forms the major part of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.
Lanterna Magicka explores Douglas's passion for these devices, and how he integrated them into his final film, the epic masterpiece Comrades (1987), tellingly subtitled 'A Lanternist's Account of the Toldpuddle Martyrs and What Became of Them.'
"A fine documentary" - The Guardian
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