Soldiers Of The Cross (1900)
|Directors||Herbert Booth, Joseph Perry|
(Working) Early Christian Martyrs
CategoriesBased on the Bible Biblical Drama Black and White Death of Jesus Drama Early Christians Jesus Christ Jesus Life Lecture Martyrdom Salvation Army Short Silent Film St. Polycarp St. Stephen The Passion DramaShortBased on the Bible, Biblical Drama, Black and White, Death of Jesus, Early Christians, Jesus Christ, Jesus Life, Lecture, Martyrdom, Salvation Army, Silent Film, St. Polycarp, St. Stephen, The Passion
In 1900, Herbert Booth(grandson of William Booth) together with Limelight Department of the Salvation Army wanted to make use of the new film medium and created a set of 13 short films(some sources say 15, others 19) about the life of Jesus and early martyrs. It was made in order to recruit soldiers to the army and ended with a call to action. The films were special in the sense that they were part of a big lecture that consisted of 230 slides(vary between 200 and 240) in between the clips and together with choir music it lasted for about 2 hours. Most of these glass slides are preserved, but none of the 13 minutes of live-action footage. The project was, and is, one of the major achievements in early Australian film history. It was the first feature-length film shown in Australia.