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Their One Love1915

One of the many Civil War movies made during the 50th anniversary of the conflict. This was one of Thanhouser’s last one-reel dramas and was released just after D.W. Griffith’s Civil War epic THE BIRTH OF A NATION. Griffith’s monumental picture had included three long-shots of nighttime pyrotechnics that included superimposures to complete the effect. THEIR ONE LOVE has an elaborate and spectacular eleven-shot night battle sequence with pyrotechnics and electric lighting effects, plus far more elaborate staging, editing, action and pictorial drama than Griffith’s example. Thus, film historians consider THEIR ONE LOVE to be the first fiction film to fully realize the technique of night cinematography. The night sequence was filmed three weeks after BIRTH opened in New York.

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