The Little Match Seller (1902)

35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A British fantasy film directed by James Williamson. It is the earliest known adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's short story Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne () first published in 1845.

Plot Summary

A little match girl stands beneath a street lamp on a snowy night, failing to sell matches to the passers-by who just ignore her. Cold a desperate, she sits down, strikes a match and sees a vision of a fire. A series of other visions appear as she strikes her remaining matches until she finally dies and is taken to heaven by an angel. Her body is later found by a policeman.


Directed by: James Williamson
Williamson Kinematograph Company
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Alternative Titles

The Little Match Girl
Zündholzverkäuferin – German title


by Walt Lee p.261 – credits