For the Freedom of the World (1917)
Critic Reviews for For the Freedom of the World
There are times when the action goes at triphammer pace and knocks out some home-run thrills, then again there are stretches of celluloid waste.
[For the Freedom of the World is] a worthy and patriotic recruiting vehicle. It is a thoroughly ambitious and powerful theme, broadly handled.
One of the features of the picture is the night photography... The battle scenes photographed in the darkness, with only the light from bursting shells by which to distinguish objects moving on the horizon, are very effective.
Many of the scenes were taken in Canadian training camps and shows the vigorous methods of training the men undergo before they are pronounced fit for active service. The film not only serves as a medium for pleasure but is instructive all through.
[Director Romaine Fielding's] battle stuff, done at night with an army of lights and star shells, much smoke and only an handful c:f men is effective in its own way -- a great deal more effective than the usual picture warfare.
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