Best History Movies of 1913
The Drummer of the 8th
When the Civil War begins, young Billy runs away from home to enlist in the Northern Army as a drummer; he's wounded in battle and taken prisoner. He manages to escape and deliver an important message to his commanding officer, but loses his life in the process.
On to Washington
This particular film uses real film footage to show a march by women demanding the right to vote. This coincided with the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson and some of the marchers walked all the way from Newark, New Jersey to Washington, DC.
The Count of Monte Cristo
A French sailor, imprisoned for years on false charges of conpiring against the king, escapes and exacts revenge on his accusers.
Les Misérables - Part 4: Cosette and Marius
The rebellion of 1832 is on. There is rioting and barricading in the streets. Marius in despair, and in the hope that a bullet will soon end his life, joins the mob and becomes a fighter in the ranks of the insurgents.
Les Misérables - Part 3: Cosette
The Thenardiers and their small daughter, Eponine, and young son, Gavroche, are seen at their dingy country tavern. Here little Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, is seen performing drudgery and menial tasks. The Thenardiers are treating their own children kindly, but are cruel to Cosette.
Les Misérables - Part 1: Jean Valjean
The story begins with Jean Valjean as a humble worker endeavoring to provide for his invalid mother. They live in a squalid home, made more wretched by his inability to provide sufficient food. He goes out in search of work, but is unsuccessful. Finally, in desperation, he steals a loaf of bread regardless of consequences. He hastens home with it, pursued by a crowd, and gives it to his mother. Valjean is arrested for the theft and sentenced to five years at hard labor.
Les Misérables - Part 2: Fantine
Jean Valjean, guilty of a minor theft of food, is pursued and hounded for years by a relentless lawman, Javert.
The Wittenberg Nightingale
The film depicts the early life of the reformer Martin Luther and was produced by the Berlin and Vienna-based production company Rubin-Film. The premiere took place on September 1 1913. The showing of the film in Austria was banned because the film was likely to offend religious sensibilities. On April 20, 1921, following a complaint from the producer Báron, this decision was overturned by the film inspection authority with the restriction that the film “may not be shown in front of young people”.
The Shadow of Nazareth
An extrabiblical tale of Barabbas and Judith Iscariot, the presumed sister of Judas, starring Constance Crawley and Arthur Maude.