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At His Majesty's Theatre this evening, at 8 o'clock, J. C. Williamson, j Ltd., will present for the first time to the public of Ashburton, 1). W. Griffith's • picture drama, "Hearts of The World/ which it is said, quite outclasses both "Intolerance" and the "Birth of a Nation," and it has also smashed the records, established by those two pictures in 'New York. London and Australia. Naturally special interest has been infused intio the production of "Hearts of .the World" by the fact that it was taken at the j express direction of the British and French war offices, and thai: Mr Lloyd j George took a personal interest in its manufacture. In order to obtain realistic war episodes Mr Griffith and his principal artiste spent many months on the battlefields of France, but, with. the exception of the producer himself, who was twice hit by the explosion of shrapnel, they all escaped any serious mishap, although Lillian and Dorothy and Mrs ', Gish suffered badly ''from, i nerve troubles, for .some time . after their return to America. It is stated that it is not possible to give- too exaggerated an idea of tho magnitude of "Hearts of the World," but, judging by press reports from Jwigland ana America, the extreme.'limit has been attained by Mr Griffith in his latest and most wonderful achievement, Although "Hearts of the World 1' doaJs extensively with the war,".-it- is the heart interest invested in. what is .said to be the sweetest love story ever told which has been instrumental in making it a greater success than '•Intolerance. 1' It plays on all the emotions. One minute it will have you in tears, tho next you will be cheering with delight when the gallant French soldiers win ba<4< the village which previously had been taken by the Germans, then you wiLi smile at the little Disturber (Dorothy Gish). Your whole soul wi'ili go out to little Ben Armstrong, who, in the role of the gallant French baby hero, displays his patriotism for Ins country and his wonderful love for his mother. Later you wiDi 1 laugh through your tears, you will grit your teeth at the terrible Huns, and you will 1' hold your breath with excitement when the little Disturber throws a hand grenade amongs the Germans who , have surrounded the hut which shelters the hero, the heroins and little Ben. Tho ■spectator is taken from a simple French village on to the actual battlefield, where are seen miles of artillery, a milion fighting men, scores of tanks and squads of aircraft. The scenes are, it is said, so realistic that you will be forgiven if you imagine that you are looking at real happenings. Children will find the film particularly interesting, as apart from the magnificent '.spectacle and the intensely interesting story which must appeal to them as we'll as to the grown-ups, they will enjoy a real, affection, for little Ben, the child hero.

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"HEARTS OF THE WORLD.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919

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"HEARTS OF THE WORLD." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919