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The Attack on the Mill (1910)

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First, the eye is introduced to the old mill itself, with a gay betrothal party in progress, and laughter and merriment on all sides. Suddenly the laughter is hushed by the martial tread of... See full summary »

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Herbert Prior
Harold M. Shaw
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First, the eye is introduced to the old mill itself, with a gay betrothal party in progress, and laughter and merriment on all sides. Suddenly the laughter is hushed by the martial tread of feet, and the smile of joy fades from the two young lovers' faces as the French soldiers march into the courtyard and prepare to defend the mill against the oncoming attack of the German army. The mild summer afternoon has but half way run its course towards its western home when a wounded outpost comes staggering into the courtyard with the news of the advancing German army stamped upon his blood-stained forehead. Suddenly the courtyard is filled with the smoke of battle, and we know that the long-expected attack is on. In one of the rooms of the ancient mill old Merlier, his daughter and young Dominique, her lover, are huddled close together in mute terror and humble submission, while behind the barricaded windows of the room kneel powdered and blood-stained French soldiers, sullenly resisting ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 August 1910 (USA)  »

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This story moves forward with a rush and a swing
8 August 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Adapted from a story by Emile Zola and representing an episode of the Franco-Prussian War. In most particulars this is a more than usually attractive production. The situations are exceptionally dramatic, leading up to the denouement which is fully as dramatic as the situations that preceded. The scenery is in keeping with the subject and, moreover, is beautiful. Some of it makes pictures well worth seeing apart from any connection they have with the story. The careful attention to details which characterizes the Edison pictures is seen here, as in other pictures presented by the house. Perhaps those familiar with the life and scenes depicted can find minor faults here and there, but it is well to remind them that the great bulk of those who see motion pictures look to the story and the way it is developed rather than to the small things which some critics profess to see. This story moves forward with a rush and a swing which holds the attention until the film ends. It is a good picture and one that will stir the emotions and thrill with its situations. - The Moving Picture World, August 27, 1910


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