Charles Taze Russell – Photo-Drama of Creation (1914)

The Photo-Drama of Creation, or Creation-Drama, was a four-part Christian film (eight hours in total) produced by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania under the direction of Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Bible Student movement. The film presented Russell’s beliefs about God’s plan from the creation of the earth through to the end of the 1,000 year reign of Christ.

Production began in 1912, and the presentation was introduced to audiences in 1914. It was the first major screenplay to incorporate synchronized sound, moving film, and color slides. Russell also published an accompanying book, Scenario of the Photo-Drama of Creation, in various languages.

The presentation premiered in January 1914 in New York, and in the summer of 1914 in Germany. In North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, over 9,000,000 people saw either the full Photo-Drama or an abbreviated version called the Eureka-Drama.

Shows that combined magic lantern slides and films were common at the time, but the addition of recorded speech was unusual, and the magnitude of its distribution for a single religious production was particularly notable. At the time, the project’s full cost was estimated at about $300,000 (current value $6,961,000).

1.10GB | 3h 41m | 720×480 | avi

Subtitles:English (intertitles)

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