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The Zulu's Heart (1908)

The Zulu chief of the Amatabele tribe has an only daughter who, at the age of four years, dies of fever, and in the opening scene of this Biograph story we find him burying her. Scarcely ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Inslee ... The Zulu Chief
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... A Zulu Warrior
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... The Boer
Florence Lawrence ... The Boer's Wife
Gladys Egan ... The Boer's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John R. Cumpson ... A Zulu Warrior
Arthur V. Johnson ... A Zulu Warrior
W. Chrystie Miller
Alfred Paget
Mack Sennett
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The Zulu chief of the Amatabele tribe has an only daughter who, at the age of four years, dies of fever, and in the opening scene of this Biograph story we find him burying her. Scarcely has the poor bereft father laid the little one in the ground, when the war cry is heard resounding in the hills. There is an uprising and the chief is summoned to action. Tearing himself from the grave of his little girl he arms himself with his assegai and oxhide shield and is soon at the head of his band of savages, with sinister designs on the Boers. The Boers themselves have become active, and scouts have been sent out to warn those nomadic South Africans who might be on the road. One family, comprising a Boer, his wife and a four-year-old girl, are, however, trapped, and despite extreme measures to elude the merciless black brutes, are soon overtaken. Finding escape hopeless, the Boer leaps from his wagon, and sending his wife and child into the woods, seizes his rifle, in the vain hope of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1908 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cliffside, New Jersey, USA

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Subjective Camera
31 December 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

It is because of D.W. Griffith that we have such a thing as subjective camera. This enables us to see things from the protagonists (or antagonists) point of view in order to get beneath the story. He is kind of like the Chaucer of cinematic language.


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