Sea Fighting in Greece

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Sea Fighting in Greece
Screenshot from the film
Directed byGeorges Méliès
Release date
  • 1897 (1897)
Running time
20 meters/65 feet[1]

Sea Fighting in Greece (French: Combat naval en Grèce) is an 1897 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 110 in its catalogues.[1] The film, one of a series of events related to the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, is set on the gun deck of a man-of-war ship under attack.[2] In reality, there were no naval clashes during the war.[citation needed]


A naval officer calls his sailors to the deck to assemble around the cannon while he scans the horizon, when the ship is suddenly hit and one of the sailors is injured.


The film is notable for the deck's realistic pitch-and-toss rolling motion, achieved using an articulated film set that rocked side-to-side in front of a stationary camera.[2] This scenic special effect, which Méliès recreated soon after in his film Between Calais and Dover using the same moving platform,[3] allowed for a degree of realism highly unusual for the time.[4] Méliès himself appears in the film as the officer.[3] The film was shot outside in the garden of Méliès's property in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, with painted scenery.[3]

The film, long presumed lost, was rediscovered by John Barnes in August 1988 in the BFI National Archive, where it had been catalogued under the wrong title.[2]


  1. ^ a b Hammond, Paul (1974). Marvellous Méliès. London: Gordon Fraser. p. 137. ISBN 0900406380.
  2. ^ a b c Barnes, John (1992). Filming the Boer War. London: Bishopgate Press. p. 74. ISBN 1852190469.
  3. ^ a b c Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 92, ISBN 9782732437323
  4. ^ "A brief History: Combat naval en Grèce". Europa Film Treasures. Lobster Films. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2014.

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