Le Noël de Colombine (1907)
(Country Spesific) Colombines Weihnachten
Following the success of "The Prodigal Son" by Michael Carré in 1907, this film is also a pantomime with Pierrot and his wife Colombine on Christmas Eve. Colombine prays for something before she puts her shoes in front of the fireplace and goes to sleep. During they both sleeping, an angel comes and delivers a gift, and it turns out to be a mechanical baby doll - that then turns into a living baby boy for the joy and thanks of the new parents.
On Christmas Eve, in a poor attic, Pierrot is writing while Colombine is praying. Tired, she puts her shoes down in front of the fireplace and goes to bed. Pierrot continues his mail and ends up falling asleep on his letter. A woman appears, places a basket in front of the fireplace, and disappears through the wall. When they wake up, Pierrot and Colombine, astonished, see the basket and discover a young child inside. Crazy with joy and gratitude, they pray to thank heaven.
Source: CNC - Translated
This is a pantomime that takes its time to tell a pretty simple story about a doll that comes to life, giving it a little bit of a pinnochioesque feeling. There is little new in the sense of cinema, and for a miracle like this, it is quite unheard of as Christian miracles go even if the film is clearly putting into a Christian frame. Still, it is quite a curiosity from the times.