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: There was an excellent demand for i seats at His Majesty's Theatre last evening to witness the screening of D. W. Griffith's stupendous love story of the war. "Hearts of the World," by J. C. Williamson, Ltd. The production has been truly described as an oldfashioned play with a new-fashioned theme, and presented one of the sweetest love stories, with the battlefield of France as a background. As- far as battle scenes were concerned, the film eclipsed anything of that nature that had previously been screened locally. The scenes were numerous and most realistic, and on a stupendous scale. It is claimed that a million fighting men were shown in action, together with thousands of mounted troops, miles of artillery, and squadrons of aeroplanes, not forgetting charges of the famous tanks. In the village round which the story centred, some idea could be gathered of the destruction wrought in modern warfare. The bringing into action of howitzers and French 75's was a wonderful sight, and one not easily forgotten. Apart from the spectacular features and the outrages of the Huns, a clever and thrilling story was produced, in .which magnificent acting was the strong feature. The introductory settings were in a peaceful French village amongst the humble folk who enjoyed their homes. Then came the war, and with it common souls sprang to the stature of heroes. The acting of the two sisters, Lilian and Dorothy Gish, was exceptionally fine, and also that of the hero, Robert Han-ion, and a trio of little boys. In fact, the cast, as a whole, was an unusually strong one. A.popular feature also was a picture of the House of Commons after the decision had been made to enter the war, and also Mr Lloyd George awaiting tlie reply from Germany. The picture will bo screened I again this evenmg.

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ENTERTAINMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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ENTERTAINMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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