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Soldiers of the Cross (film)

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Produced by  Herbert Booth
Release date  13 September 1901
Language  Silent
Budget  500 GBP
Cinematography  Joseph Perry
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Production company  Limelight Department
Country  Australian
Initial release  13 September 1900
Production company  Limelight Department
Distributed by  The Salvation Army
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Soldiers of the Cross was an illustrated lecture, combining photographic glass slides with short dramatised film segments and orchestral or choir music to relate the stories of Christ and the early Christian martyrs.

It was made in Australia by the Limelight Department of the Salvation Army and was released in 1901.

It initially consisted of 200 glass slides and 15 films, each film running for approximately 90 seconds. The presentation took slightly over two hours.

It is not the world's first feature film but it has been argued it is the first narrative drama film presentation.

No motion picture film from Soldiers of the Cross is known to have survived. However some glass slides of the production remain.

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Soldiers of the Cross (film) Wikipedia


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