Saturday, September 20, 2014

That is Where the Film Leaves One Gasping for Breath -- September 20, 2014

Motography, 05-September-1914

The Perils of Pauline was a big hit in 1914. The 20 chapter serial was not the first movie serial, but it was one of the big ones. It starred Pearl White, the first serial queen. The Eclectic Film Company distributed Pathé movies in the United States. The film exists only in a mutilated form, based on a copy exported to France. The subtitles had been translated into French, then translated back into English.

The reviewer particularly admired the cliffhanger in Episode 12. 

Motography, 19-September-1914
This Eclectic Film Company ad describes a five reel feature, The Perils of Pauline, and a Max Linder split reel comedy. 

Motography, 19-September-1914
In Episode 13, Pauline gets kidnapped again and has to jump off a clip to escape. 

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