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Captain John Smith


Captain John Smith comes to America at the head of a band of English colonists and settles Jamestown, Virginia. While at the lead of the colony Smith makes a trip of exploration into the interior, and is captured there by King Powhatan, the acknowledged head of all the redmen in Virginia. Powhatan orders his prisoner's execution. Just as the fatal club is about to descend, Pocahontas, the favorite daughter of the King, throws herself before her father. She begs so fervently that the white man's life be spared that Powhatan relents and orders his release. Captain Smith returns in safety to his friends. Later, Pocahontas is taken prisoner by the English, and held as hostage. While a prisoner, she is converted to Christianity, and falls in love with Rolfe, a handsome young Englishman. They are married in a rude little church at Jamestown, and the Indian princess sails away with her husband to England. There she is received with royal honors by King James I, but the foreign flower cannot ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 October 1910 (USA)  »

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Nearly perfect in every department
4 September 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The story of Pocahontas is always a popular one, but, like all well known stories, its success lies in the telling, and that is the charm of this new Thanhouser offering. We all know the story, but it was left for this enterprising concern to show us John Smith landing from the "Half Moon," which was borrowed for the occasion. This occurs at the very beginning and gives the film a stamp of reality that has seldom been attained in any historical subject. It is deserving to call special attention to this master stroke of realism. The story all through is sympathetic and true. All modern backgrounds are carefully dodged and we get nature unadorned. Still continuing along the line of reality, the minor Indian parts are played by the real natives, and for a wonder they act them right. Well selected water scenes follow each other and the detail throughout is as clear and sharp as a good lens and a fine light can make it. Add to all these the costuming, which we know to be correct, because costuming is one of the subjects upon which Mr. Thanhouser is known to be an authority; this added and we have a film that is nearly perfect in every department. It is needless to review the story itself, or to follow the scenes in detail. There is only one scene that was not altogether convincing and impressive, that being the reception of Pocahontas at the court of King James. This one scene appeared to lack to some extent what one would expect in such a scene. Rather unfortunate in arrangement because it did not give a glimpse of any throne, which, according to all precedent, must be in sight as an evidence of good faith, as well as for the ready grasp of the obtuse. Never leave a throne to the imagination. The scene seemed to lack the clement of grandeur, which, in many cases, is obtained by simplicity of line rather than ornate detail. In this scene the background is cut up with a number of queer shaped windows that have a tendency to draw the eye to them and away from the actors. To the average spectator this would pass without being analyzed, but the impression left is that of a conservatory or enclosed veranda. The windows being odd in shape, start one speculating unconsciously on their form. In all court presentations the acting must of necessity be perfunctory, and it lies with the surroundings to complete the idea of grandeur; hence this long paragraph, about a scene that forms but a small part of the picture. It is quite easy to believe that Mr. Thanhouser would be the first one to refute the assertion that his films have attained absolute perfection. In the first place he is too sensible a man to entertain such an idea, and secondly, there would be no more worlds for him to conquer. At the present writing the Thanhouser masterpiece is "Pocahontas." - The Moving Picture World, October 8, 1910

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