Ellen Carson volunteers to serve with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean war and witnesses the charge of the Light Brigade.

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Ellen Carson volunteers to serve with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean war and witnesses the charge of the Light Brigade.

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27 April 1912 (USA)  »

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The Charge of the Light Brigade  »

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Looks Like It Was Meant To Be Longer
22 January 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

By 1912, advances in the art of cinematography and increased competition among American producers and importers of foreign films was becoming fierce. Features -- films longer than three reels -- were beginning to show up. If the story-telling wasn't up to structuring longer works was not yet in evidence, still the film makers were cramming more ideas into a film.

That's what we have here. There are bits and pieces from at least three ordinary one- reeler of the day: a love story between a military officer (played by soon-to-be Paramount superstar Wallace Reid) and the Colonel's beautiful daughter; the story of a woman who joins Florence Nightingale as a nurse; and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Tennyson's poem is quoted extensively in the battle sequence.

It's all handled in a very episodic manner, as each of these stories is raised and then dropped. Perhaps this was intended as a longer production that got whittled down extensively to a standard length. The net result is a work that splits its cinematic seams in a confusing and definitely unsatisfactory manner.


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