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TOWN HALL PICTURES. I
A CAPITAL PROGRAMME!
In point of general interest no finer pro- gramme of moving pictures has been seen in Adelaide than that presented at the Town Hall on Saturday evening. There was a large attendance, and patrons gave frequent manifestations of approval at the selection of films. The problem play, "Re- morse," by the Mathews Photo Play Pro- ducing Company, embodying a wholesome warning on the subject of how the "red plague" may be contracted and spread, was in itself a feature, and the merits of each one of the supporting reels was s;ich that enjoyment was ensured.for all. No more admirable or thrilling 'picture of heroism in war has been presented than "The Joan of Arc of Loos," illustrating incidents which 'actually occurred in France «t the outset of the Hun'invasion, but out of con- sideration for the feelings of the public, with ttie more revolting details of Teuton barbarism cut out, and only enough shown to form a background for revealing the qualities of courage .and patriotism in the French -people, and more par- ticularly the bravely of a girl of 19 years, who'was in 6ome ways a modern Joan of Arc, und who, in .récognition of her splen- did deeds, was recently awarded the Mili- tary Cross. What was partroukrly pleas- ing about this 'film was fidelity to 'life.
The- programme opened with a fine scenic set; showing the - Morialta Falls ih .all their beauty. . Most people have visited this beautiful resort near to Adelaide, but not many can realise how finely its most picturesque features aTe brought out>by the biograph. Moreover, it is only at a certain time of the year that the falls are. looking their best, and the views were taken when they were at perfection. It must be reve- lation'to any who have not been to Mori- alta to have brought beforetheta the'faet that such scenery exists within such an easy distance of the capital. The film is the"work of Mr. H. Krischock, and is high'y artistic. It was screened to the _ accom- paniment of hearty applause.
"Remorse" was next shown, and each of the four acts was followed with the closest attention. The story is one of bow an unsuspecting lad from .the .country comes to town on business'and falls into bad company. He ultimately develops the "red p ague," and his hopes of a happy married life with fhe pretty little sweetheart, from whom he parted at her country borne, are pathetically blighted. The condition of his health renders bim a menace even in his own borne, and he becomes an outcast from society. The tragic sequel to his misfortune was realisti- cally shown. The principal parts were sustained by Messrs. Cyril Mackay, Victor Fitzherbert, C. R. Stanford, and C. Turton, and Misses Mabel Dyson, Ida Gresham, and Marie D'Alton. "Remorse" has been commended in different quarters for its moral lesson against the evils of loose living, and its inclusion in the programme was evidently appreciated by a great many of those present. ,
"Charley's Night Out" is undoubtedly one of the most irresistibly humorous films yet seen. It shows the premier biograph comedian. Charles Chaplin, at his best, and the scenes are uproariously funny, without being rendered ridiculous through the "business" being overdone. Moreover, there are a large number of clever comedians taking part in addition to Chap
lin. The interior of a music hall is shown,
with Charley sealed among the audience. He soon starts his pranks, and there is a whole budget of comical incidents, each funnier than its predecessor.
Erailienne, a pretty French giri, ia the heroine of the "Joan of Arc" film, which is a George Willoughby photo-play of ex- ceptional quality. The first scene reveals a peaceful village, with its happy inhabitants before the war cloud burst. Then the Hains come down like hungry wolves on the fold. Their brutality and tyrannous, conduct towards the inoffen- sive villaaers is well depicted. The leader of the German troops, Ciptain von Ep- stein, a typical Teuton bully and a bruie in human form, singles out Emilienne as his own particular property, but when he attempts to victimise her the girl invokes the aid of St. Joan of Arc, her patron saint, and thereby is enabled to escape frcro his clutches. The spirit of St. Joan is denicted as watching over her welfare. Emilienne's lover, a young French dispatch rider, is captured by the Hun soldiery and sentenced hy von Epstein to be shot at dawn as a sby. How Emilienne and an aged priest rescue him form a most thrill- ing chanter. Ultimately the Allied troops attack the German position, and the vari- ous deeds of bravery, for which the girl was subsequently decorated^ are graphi- cally portrayed. The battle scenes are remarkably well done. No more conv.'nc ing war picture has been shown in Ade- laide, and none in which there is a more inspiring story, as its central theme. The programme will be repeated to-night and to-morrow night, and is well worth seeing.