The plot outlined the story of the early Christian martyrs with a compendium of horrors guaranteed to jolt audiences into an awareness of terrible suffering for the sake of Christianity. ...
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The plot outlined the story of the early Christian martyrs with a compendium of horrors guaranteed to jolt audiences into an awareness of terrible suffering for the sake of Christianity. Contained maulings at the Colosseum, crucifixions, beheadings, savage hackings and burnings at the stake, burnings in the limepit, the spectacle of human torches in Nero's garden. Overall "soul stirring stories of the martyrs, illustrated by the most beautiful living pictures by kinematograph and limelight and never before witnessed in this or any other country.Written by
Sometimes cited as the world's first feature film, this was, in fact, a series of slides, moving pictures, music and lecture given by Herbert Booth. Hugely successful (the premiere at the Melbourne Town Hall attracted an estimated 2000 to 3000 people) the 'film' was a few dozen times in Australia and later toured internationally. See more »
I had to comment on this film for its historical role. Some have called it the world's first feature film. It was said to be more of a strung-together series of short pieces to be shown in a Theatre at the one time as a religious lecture, than a single feature film with a coherent plot-line. Documentary evidence is strong that it was made and shown in Australia before any other feature film, around 1899 or 1900. I believe it also toured the United States around 1907. Corrections to the above are welcome.
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