This French "spectacular" was produced by the everambitious Gaumont company. Set in the 15th century, the film spends its first two reels concentrating on the attack of Christian-controlled Constantinople by the invading Turks. The final reel was a veritable orgy of chaos and destruction, with the Turks overtaking the city with the help of a gigantic cannon. When the dust clears, Constantinople is in the hands of the invaders, who almost immediately change the name of the metropolis to Istanbul. Original prints of The Fall of Constantinople was color-tinted by hand.
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