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Naval Combat in Greece (1897)

Combat naval en Grèce (original title)
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Under bombardment, five sailors load and fire a cannon on a naval ship, as their captain supervises.

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You don't see this much rocking...even in a hurricane!
21 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very quaint film from Georges Méliès. Seen today, you'll probably laugh at how antiquated it looks. However, keep in mind that this film is still way ahead of the norm for the era, as back in the late 1890s, most films were amazingly mundane--such as showing trains arriving at stations and people playing cards.

The film is a recreation of a scene from a naval battle off the Greek coast. The boats and backgrounds are clearly painted but what struck me was how the boat rocked. Heck, if it was in a hurricane it never would have rocked THIS fast! Obviously folks were off camera rocking the set up and down--but they did it so quickly you can't help but laugh. But, with a decent set, nice explosions and a decent style, it's still an intriguing look into the early work of this brilliant director.


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