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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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In this historical reenactment of a fictional scene from a naval combat during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, a battle-seasoned officer orders his sailors to assemble on the upper gun deck of a powerful frigate equipped with a gun turret and heavy cannons. Eventually, as the warship rocks from side to side, suddenly, a massive cannonball hits the vessel, heavily injuring a member of the crew. Written by Nick Riganas

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This Boat Is Made for Rocking
10 November 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This time Melies takes us on board a ship for combat. There is a good deal of firing of cannons. The problem is that if this were a true warship, the sailors couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. The boat is never even remotely steady. Standing up is the real challenge. Still, it works OK for the entire minute we watch. Apparently, the theme of combat was in Melies' mind a good deal.


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