Like most of the studio's "historical epics," Pathe's Vereingetorix, Gaul's Hero was color-tinted by hand. This proved unsettling in the battle scenes, wherein red blood flowed freely. Sime Silverman, the founder of the trade paper Variety, was among the many professional critics who took the film to task for its excessive violence. Particularly gruesome was a scene in which two soldiers garroted a prisoner to death. Silverman demanded that a censorship committee of some sort be established to prevent any such future "horrific" scenes. His comments were the 1909 literary equivalent to the present-day "V Chip."
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