There was a full house at His Majesty 's Theatre last evening to see the unreeling of one of the ibest pictures of its kind that_has been screened in Ashburton— "-be Battle of Gettysburg." which, it is claimed, is the best battle picture yet produced. The claim is rather too bold a one, though it must Ibe said that all through,the picture is wonderfully clear, and that the various scenes are vividly portrayed. All the panoply of war is shown; in a very real manner, and the bloodiest battle of the five years of struggle mr America, when the sword was stained by the blood of brothers in mortal combat, is brought home . strongly to the onlooker. The bursting of shells amid the fighting soldiers, and the falling .of horses and men is all very real, and'one wonders how such an excellent effect has been obtained. Round the fighting is woven a romance of love. In a little town in one of the Southern States of America, 'some years before tho great Civil "War, , the editor, of the local paper published lan article warning his readers of impending war. " The editor's son was in love with his neighbour's daughter, and lie is unfortunate in having as ,a rival in his affections, the influential Major Pollard. The, latter denounces the cdii tor while addressing a meeting, and the mob wreck the newspaper office, many women .taking part in the work. The editor himself is dragged from his home and tied to a tree and lashed with a whip. He is rescued by his son, but not before" the old man has been abominably treated. He and his son journey to the North, and-the son joins ihe Federal Army. Two years later, he and his fiancee's brother are officers in opposing forces, and the brother is wounded and falls into his sister's lover's hands while bearing important despatches. The girl is equal to the occasion, however^ and, after a dashing ride on a spirited horse, the despatches are safely delivered. . The tables are eventually turned, and the editor's son is made a prisoner. The battle rages round Gettysburg, and the' Federals are driven through the streets with* heavy loss. All next day the battle seethes. A certain ridge and the "little round top" are taken and retaken.. Certain advantages rest with the Confederates, but they have been gained at enormous cost.- The artillery prepares the way "with some of their remaining shells, and Rickett's Division —the "Flower of the South"—tried men and veterans. all—receive the order to charge. The representation of the dash is very life-like', and the apparent slaughter, brings the horrors of sanguinary battle vividly to.the mind: On the field of that battle the blood of. 50,000 men is spilt— and the • clash of arms is very, exciting: But, of course, theixromance ends happily. r :.; The other pictures were all enjoyed. The: "Gau-mont-Graphic,'!...was better than usual, and another picture showed the American athletes at work in New Zealand. "The High-Born Child, and. .the.' Beggar" is a very pathetic little t story, and it was made more effective by, a vocal accompaniment by Mrs Ernest Barber. "Playing the, Pipes" is a laughable film, 'in Avhieh two patriotic Scots challenge each other to a contest on the bagpipes. The management had arranged for the. bagpipes^ to be^played during the screening of 'the-picture and the result was very happy. ;The programme will be repeated to-night.
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ENTERTAINMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
ENTERTAINMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
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