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Santa Cruz County History - Films
Santa Cruz Sentinel-News. June 13, 1916. p. 8
"SPRITE OF THE BREAKERS" GREAT
This play, produced by the Santa Cruz motion picture company, under direction of Leon D. Kent, was shown Monday afternoon at the Unique theater to invited guests and visitors.
Before the reeling of the film began, Mr. Swanton explained that this was the picture in the rough, so to speak; that the film would be sent to New York for the finishing touches, moonlight for the night scenes, and other little additions.
The audience was really a large one and critical in its judgement, and the judgment was expressed in the most enthusiastic hand clapping. There was Santa Cruz before us; Ocean Cliffs, the perfect arch of the natural bridge, and the clean, white stretches of sand on which the Sprite of the Breakers, Miss Vera Jensen, danced her graceful, carefree pas de suel; a child of nature, born a dancer.
Every picture was clear and the scenes well chosen, and the actors were good, Miss Christy playing the part of Anita grown up. Great credit is due Director Kent, and we may depend that the five reel picture he will soon make with Vera Jensen in a leading part, will be worth seeing.
Bay View school plays a prominent part, and here too the buildings were beautifully clear and all the figures in their school drill were splendidly taken.
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