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The Spirit of 1918 (1926)

In this early demonstration of the Vitaphone sound system, conductor Herman S. Heller conducts the Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra in the title work. It is basically a medley of patriotic ... See full summary »
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The Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra ... Themselves (as Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra)
Herman Heller ... Himself - Conductor
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In this early demonstration of the Vitaphone sound system, conductor Herman S. Heller conducts the Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra in the title work. It is basically a medley of patriotic songs from World War I. This film was the first of several shorts first presented in a New York movie theater on 7 October 1926. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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7 October 1926 (USA)  »

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This short film, with music performed by the Vitaphone Orchestra, was shown at the premiere of The Better 'Ole (1926) along with several other short Vitaphone sound films at the Astor Theater in NYC. See more »

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A Must See For Film Buffs
21 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Spirit of 1918, The (1926)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This Vitaphone short was originally shown before the semi-talkie THE BETTER 'OLE and was just recently restored. What we've got here is ten-minutes of WW1 music being conducted by Herman S. Heller with the Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra. This is a pretty amazing short to watch for a number of reasons and of course that includes the history. I can't imagine what it must have been like in 1926 to sit down and here this wonderful music coming at you. The talking words were certainly a major part of things but being able to hear this music must have been something special as well. It doesn't hurt that the music being performed here is brilliantly played and I can't imagine anyone being unhappy with it. The music is so good here that you can't help but think a lot of time and effort went into it just because Heller and those around him knew this was going to be something very special to see. I was also impressed with the visuals here as there were obviously several cameras set up to capture the action of the band playing. There's certainly nothing ground breaking here in terms of visuals but I thought it was very nicely shot and it's especially a lot better than many films like this that we'd see throughout the 30s. Film buffs should certainly make this film a must-see as it's really something special and makes for some terrific entertainment.


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