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Mr Wybert Reeve, the veteran actor, Whose Count Fosco remains an imperishable memory in the colonies, has done excellent business at lavercargiil with Lumiere's ciuematographe, and will be in Dunedin in-time to open next Thursday. Australian papers praise the show" very highly. A sample criticism reads thus: "The instrument purchased by Mr Wybert Reeve, the lessee of the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, at the factory of the inventor is a very powerful one. The pictures shown fill a sheet about 9ft by 6£ft, and can be made considerably larger. They are shown in a. most clear and satisfactory manner, and free from much of that vibration which accompanies cinematographe piotures. Some of the scenes caused great enthusiasm, showing very well the wonderful capabilities of the cinematographe, especially one showing a number of men and women burning weeds, and the dense white smoke arising; another exhibiting the interior of a blacksmith's shop, with the steam rising out of a, tub into which a smith thrusts a red hot bar of iron; another in which some workmen are pulling down an old wall, which produces a- dense cloud of dust as the wall falls; and another showing the sea and its breakers, a splendid display, of the fury of the waves. During one view, showing the 96th French infantry on the march, Miss Hope Nation, who possesses a good contralto voice, sang Schumann's fine ballad« The two grenadiers'; and when the sea and its breakers were shown she sang the grand old ballad «Rocked in the cradle of the deep.' During the whole of the performance, except when Miss Nation was singing her song, Mrs Gallaugher played suitable music on the pianoforte, and gave much pleasure for example, by the way, in which she kept time to the dancers in the dancing scenes. One could easily imagine he was looking through a window at actual scenes, in which dancers were stepping it to the music which was then falling on his ear."

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LUMIERE'S CINEMATOGRAPHE., Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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LUMIERE'S CINEMATOGRAPHE. Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement