France, at the end of the sixteenth century. Henry III decided to eliminate his rival, the Duke of Guise, and, therefore, calls him in the castle of Blois. The mistress of the duke, warned ...
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A fireman rushes into a carriage to rescue a woman from a house fire. Breaks the window glasses and he goes down with the woman. After dangerous and uncertain moments, the fireman save the woman' s son, too.
George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
Edwin S. Porter,
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Arthur V. Johnson,
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Frank Oakes Rose
Harry T. Morey,
William S. Hart
France, at the end of the sixteenth century. Henry III decided to eliminate his rival, the Duke of Guise, and, therefore, calls him in the castle of Blois. The mistress of the duke, warned of the King's intentions, informs him, but the noble, sure of his own authority, went there anyway. In Cabinet-Vieux castle Duke is stabbed by guards of the King, while he attends the murder hidden behind the curtains. Eventually, Henry III does burn the duke body to discard.
"My best memory of the cinema? The sensation given me twelve years ago by a marvelous film, L'assasinat du duc de Guise. It was a complete revelation. If only your compatriots had been able to continue producing such films they would today be the first and foremost film makers in the world." This is a quote from D.W. Griffith to Robert Florey concerning this 1908 French film produced by Film d'Art and distributed by Pathé Freres. And he wasn't the only one, Carl Dreyer was also a fan. Personally, I don't see it. To my eye it looks like the typical tableau one reeler from the era of big gestures from the actors and a stationary camera from the producers.
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