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The Assassination of the Duke de Guise (1908)

L'assassinat du duc de Guise (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

Directors:

André Calmettes (co-director), Charles Le Bargy (co-director)

Writer:

Henri Lavedan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Le Bargy ... Henri III
Albert Lambert ... Le duc de Guise (as Raphaël Albert Lambert fils)
Gabrielle Robinne ... Marquise de Noirmoutier, maîtresse du duc
Berthe Bovy ... Le page
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Angelo
Albert Dieudonné
Huguette Duflos
Raphaël Duflos Raphaël Duflos
Charles Lorrain
Rolla Norman
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Storyline

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.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 February 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassination of the Duke de Guise See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Frères See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of his two favorite films as a child, French Cinematheque curator Henri Langlois would later play it for himself in his house using a special home style projector. See more »

Alternate Versions

The title used for release in Portugal, the film length in some markets, and the title change for re-release after WWI indicate that there may have been a cut version. See more »

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Featured in 60 ans de presse filmée (1957) See more »

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the original art film?
14 May 2014 | by ronspencer547See all my reviews

"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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