It was not uncommon in 1910 for a single reel of film (running about 1,000 feet, or roughly 14 minutes) to contain two separate movies. Generally, a "dramatic" subject would be paired with a "scenic," or what would now be labeled a "travelogue." During the week of December 3, 1910, London's Eclipse company came out with the costume melodrama Behind a Mask. The film was accompanied on the same reel by a companion feature, Nantes and Its Surroundings. For approximately four to five minutes, viewers were enthralled with fascinating views of the picturesque French port city of Nantes, a town that truly lent itself to the cinematic expertise of Gaumont's superb camera crew.
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