An episode of Bulgarian newsreel The Balkan War has been shot by British film correspondent George Ercole Cover Image
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Епизод от българската хроника „Балканската война” е дело на британския военен кинооператор Джордж Еркол
An episode of Bulgarian newsreel The Balkan War has been shot by British film correspondent George Ercole

Author(s): Peter Kardjilov
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The abounding in unsolved mysteries film The Balkan War (1912– 1913) by Alexander Ivanov Zhekov (1879–?) has for a century or so now challenged Bulgarian film historians. The greatest of these mysteries relates to the opening episode of the newsreel, described in the preceding intertitle: Hamidiye damaged by Drazki torpedo boat leaves the battlefield for good’. The visual content of this second shot has been believed for decades now to fully correspond to the intertitle quoted above. After studying the site of British Pathé though, the boat proved to be Mecidiye, rather than its twin light cruiser Hamidiye. Still, the enigma lingered as to when and who has filmed the armoured cruiser? It was Russian researcher at Gosfilmofond, the film archive of the Russian Federation, Denis Fedorin who helped to unravel this mystery. The episode proved to be shot in 1915 by George Ercole, a film correspondent for Pathé. This poses yet another mystery: how come this footage made for the French film company in the Gulf of Odessa was incorporated in the Bulgarian film? For The Balkan War is a Bulgarian work, part of the history of Bulgarian film, no matter how sensational is the piece of information disclosed in this article.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 52-58
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English, Bulgarian