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Her Life for Her Country (1911)

Burgos (original title)
A short hand-colored film showing different sites from Barcelona: The cathedral, the mayor's house, a park, etc.

Directors:

Giuseppe de Liguoro, Segundo de Chomón (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maria Brioschi Maria Brioschi
Giuseppe de Liguoro Giuseppe de Liguoro
Salvatore Papa Salvatore Papa
Arturo Pirovano Arturo Pirovano
Adrienne Tourniaire Adrienne Tourniaire
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A short hand-colored film showing different sites from Barcelona: The cathedral, the mayor's house, a park, etc.

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Short

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1911 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Life for Her Country See more »

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Production Co:

Milano Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It's really fortunate a colored copy of this survives.
20 April 2018 | by Tornado_SamSee all my reviews

Segundo de Chomón was well known mostly for his trick films, which was a popular film genre at the time. Besides this, his other interests were filming documentary films shot around Barcelona. He made a documentary of King Alfonso's wedding to princess Ena in Spain, as well as some travelogues showing sites in the area. "Burgos" (which is also known as "Her Life for Her Country" on IMDb, for whatever reason) is one of these documentaries. We see various sites around the area: the cathedral, a park and so on. Various peasants are also shown moving in frame and find the camera's presence only mildly interesting; maybe they were used to it. Since it was produced by Pathé Frères, which was a french company, Chomón was obviously trying to make money off showing the frenchies what Spain looked like at the time.

But here's the thing: the surviving color print of this one is excellent. Unlike other films of the era, there's no running or splotches on the print--it looks flawless. In fact, I'm pretty sure this film was colored using a different technique--I think called "Pathécolor ó Cinemacoloris" (according to a title card at the beginning). The same technique was used later to color Chomón's "Superstition Andalouse" from 1912 and it really makes the film eye-catching. While the footage here is mildly interesting to watch, the color further carries the illusion. In the end, it is an excellent look into a bygone era, and a must-see for any historian or film buff.


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