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Charge of the Boer Cavalry (1900)

Shows a wild charge of Mounted Boer up a steep hill. The action of the picture is spirited and photographically it is an excellent film. The opening scene shows a bleak hillside with the ... See full summary »

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James H. White
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Shows a wild charge of Mounted Boer up a steep hill. The action of the picture is spirited and photographically it is an excellent film. The opening scene shows a bleak hillside with the Boer cavalry in the distance, galloping rapidly to the front. They cross the ridge just as the film ends. Written by New York Clipper (1900)

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Documentary | Short

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USA

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Early recreated action
29 March 2006 | by holscher-4See all my reviews

This film is an interesting short, but it is not actually of Boer troops in the field in southern Africa. It's an early Edison short depicting a group of horsemen in the US northeast depicting Boers for the film. The background makes that quite plain, as the wooded hilly areas are quite obviously not of the Veldt or anywhere in southern Africa.

Still, it is an interesting example of an early effort at depicting a news item of a then topical subject. It can almost be viewed as a type of newsreel for that reason. The actual action is very short, but it is fairly nicely done. The film itself can be viewed for free at the Library of Congress' "American Memory" website, where it can be downloaded.


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