Sunday, March 24, 2013

1913 - Biblical Moving Picture Attracts Many Patrons

The San Francisco Call
March 24 1913

"From the Manger to the Cross" Enters
On Second Week at the
Savoy Theater

That wonderfully impressive series of motion pictures, "From the Manger to the Cross," entered yesterday upon the second week of what promises to be an unusually successful engagement at the Savoy theater with large and interested audiences in attendance, both afternoon and evening.  These films, which are more than 5,000 feet in length and take two hours to show, were made on the actual spots named in the bible and depict wondrous scenes in Jerusalem, Palestine and Egypt.

The players who were engaged to enact the various roles have approached their work in a most reverent spirit and their enaction of the sublime story of the passion is something that is remarkable in its art.  Some of the mob scenes, particularly on the way to Mount Calvary, are wonderfully realistic, while the portrayal of the Last Supper is modeled on the most famous paintings made of that event.

"From the Manger to the Cross" has an appeal that is very broad and the Easter audiences were made up of spectators of every nationality.  The concealed choir which presents a musical accompaniment to the visualized story is made up of good voices and the selections are very appropriate.  matinees are given daily at 2:30 o'clock, with evening presentations at 8:30 o'clock.

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