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"New Orleans Times-Picayune," January 12, 1909:

 

                                                PICTURING THE CITY.

 

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                                   The Moving Tableau Army Here to

                                                  Take the Town.

                                              

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                                   Scenes to Be Shown All Over the

                                         Country, Adding to Fame of

                                                      Metropolis.

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    New Orleans is to be the vast stage upon which stirring moving picture dramas are to be played, and

not alone thrillers and hair raisers be converted into swiftly-moving films, but scenes peculiar to this section of the country, typical of its industries and people, are to be featured also.

    The moving picture army is already in the city, has established quarters at the White City Park; in fact, has begun operations and will continue to operate for two strenuous months.

    The Seelig Polyscope Company, of Chicago, one of the biggest concerns of its kind in the United States, is the firm that has chosen such a likely field, and starts in with a company of twelve competent artists, several carloads of scenery, half a dozen improved and up-to-date machines, electrical appliances, to produce storm effects, etc., and the whole business is under the direction of Francis Boggs. Mr. Boggs is the playwright of the company; that is, he conceives the subjects for the pictures, arranges the details and the locale, coaches the actors and brings the whole drama, comedy or what not to pass, just as it is afterward seen on the canvas.

   The Company is making its town headquarters with Josiah Pearce & Sons, Managers of the Winter Garden and the Dauphine Theatre and Mr. Pearce, in speaking of the subject yesterday, said that everything indicated that it would be followed out on a grand scale.

    Mr. Boggs has a great one "up his sleeve," and he is rounding out the plot and finishing the details as rapidly as possible. The drama will be intensely realistic and true to life in this city as the older citizens knew it in the days before the war.

    In this picture many of the historic points of interest, such as the French Opera, Jackson Square, the old Cabildo, the strange streets of the French Quarter and the dueling ground under the oaks, will be shown and the plot is said to be a splendidly conceived one, with any number of startling climaxes.

    Another picture that Mr. Boggs is working on will show the City Hall, several of the big bank buildings, the Courthouse, the Parish Prison and other structures known to fame, and these scenes will be in connection with a stirring piece which will call forth all the ingenuity and skill of the actors and actresses.

    The Company will take views along the Levee, showing the manner in which cotton and sugar are moved and the way the great ocean liners are loaded, and these views are calculated to give the people in the North, who know New Orleans only by reputation, an idea of the city's commercial importance. Through these moving pictures New Orleans will receive splendid advertisement all over the country, and all interests are ready to render every assistance to Mr. Boggs and his operators.

    Mr. Boggs has leased the White City for two months, and every day things will be doing behind the high board fence. During the Carnival season pictures of the parades and maskers will be taken.

    The films on New Orleans subjects will be released at many points in the country at one time, and Mr. Pearce stated yesterday that his firm had already contracted for the pictures for the first days.

 

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