The article mentioned the strong growth of the cinema business in Great Britain and America. These important and interesting facts of the wonderful growth of cinema are given by Mr. Valentia Steer in his book, The Romance of the Cinema. Mr. Steer also mentioned the cinematograph has caught the Chinese taste to such an extent that German and Japanese firms are making enormous sums in China with moving picture shows. While the money spent on producing many modern-day films is extraordinary, for example in The Siege of St. Petersburg, the Kalem Company built a bridge longer than London Bridge across the arm of Mississippi and set fire to it for filming. In War's Havoc, two locomotives engines meet in a spectacular collision on a high bridge cost a lot for less than four minutes in the showing. On the other hand, pricey salaries are also an issue in the industries. Messrs. Pathe Freres employ more than half a dozen famous producers and none of them draws less than a thousand a year. Other famous producer or filmmakers with high salaries include Lawrence Griffith in American Biograph Company; Sidney Olcott, who produced Life of Christ, from Kalem Company. The first cinema play in the Holy Land, was The Soldier's Courtship, which was acted on the roof of the Alhambra Theatre. Sir Herbert Tree was paid £1,000 by Messrs. Barker for filming 'Henry VIII.' 'Quo Vadis?' is the first cinematograph picture which has ever been put up to auction. The price of the rights of screening of films also exceptional.
Moving Picture Millions: Romances and Fortunes of the Cinema
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The Siege of Petersburg (View more)
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News of Sumter's fall interrupts the wedding of Capt. Faulkner and Jennie McPherson. The ceremony is completed, however, and the dashing young Confederate leaves for the front. A year later...
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