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Three military men, seen inside a fortification, are firing on an unseen enemy force. The call for reinforcements but ladders appear signaling the enemy is about to overrun this position. As they do all the military men run inside the nearby building and close a large door. Four enemy soldiers and an officer breach the fortification and try to break in the door. Failing this the officer call for the use of explosives. All the enemy soldiers take cover as the door is blown down. The officer is the first to return ordering his men to enter the building. As they follow his order he urges even more men to enter but a shot from within rings out killing the officer. Written by
This is a nice little war scene: some Zoaves spike a petard to a door and blow it up in what is supposed to be, I suppose, Tournavos. A fairly good reenactment for the era, but nothing outstanding..... except for the set design. Have you ever notice how three-dimensional and realistic even the most fantastic of Melies' sets look? He drew them himself. There's certainly more variation than in that single field in New Jersey in which Edison's unit shot all their battle scenes.
This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.
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