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Mr Wybart Rsevc ia to opan the Lumiere cinematographe exhibition in Dunediu tomorrow evening. This show has beeii well received in Australia, and the 'Southland Times,' speaking of the opening at Invercargitl, said :—" The most acceptable of the pictures presented were those portraying practical jokes, scenes of everyday Jife, and those in which horses were the principal actors. These were numerous and were in every case redemander] and courteously shown again. * The Unexpected Bath' elicited hearty laughter. Another striking picture was poor children. of the gutter —girls—dancing a jig in a dripping "street before a damp-looking crowd. One wavered between commiseration for the poor waifs and admiration of their dancing. ' The Babies' Quarrel,' being a fight for a spoon between two year old babes in sun bonnets, was another accer-tible little comedy, frequently seen and perfectly delineated—the infantile slaps of the'stronger vessel'and the pitiful weeping of the defeated one provoking hearty applause. A field scene, ' Burning Weeds,' was introduced by Mr Reeve as one that he considered among the best on the programme. It certainly was ; the lithe, stalwart woman, with her fork in the foreground and the eddying smoke driven by the wind recalling one of Millet's pictures of French peasant life. Of the other pictures the arrival of an express train ; Prussian dragoons jumping a hurdle; cyclists and equestrians in fashionable London; field artillery at drill, snowing even the recoil of the guns; manceuvreß of cuirassiers, divers from a pavilion, and pulling down an old wall, with its cloud of duat which enveloped the workmen and slowly cleared away, were the best. Portions of the great Jubilee pageant were also presented, and gave, sans color, an excellent conception of the sight of the century, the flags and streamers floating lazily and the festoons of flowers swaying in the breeze. The marvellous nature of the invention was shown in one of this series, 2,000 photographs which made up the picture crossing the projector in two minutes. At intervals Mjbs Hope Nation, who has a robust, telling voice, sang Schumann's 'Two Grenadiers' and 'Rocked iu the cradle of the deep,' both appropriate to scenes then being depicted. Mr Reeve himself varied the proceedings with the readings 'The thin red line' and ' Podgers hanging a picture,' in which he acquitted himself as one who in his time has played many parts."

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THE CINEMATOGRAPHE., Evening Star, Issue 10461, 3 November 1897

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THE CINEMATOGRAPHE. Evening Star, Issue 10461, 3 November 1897