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Reproduction, Coronation Ceremonies: King Edward VII (1902)

The Coronation of Edward VII (original title)
A re-enactment using actors of the recent coronation of Britain's King Edward VII.
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This impressive ceremony is performed in the order as officially published. Their Majesties, Royalty, Clergy, and other Distinguished Personages taking part in the Coronation are impersonated by accomplished actors and actresses, every detail as to costumes, robes, regalia, coronation chairs, chair of state, Abbey arrangements, etc., being as faithfully reproduced as possible, in order to convey the scene to the millions who are not privileged to witness the actual proceedings. Only such portions of the ceremony as would admit of action have been selected for purposes of this representation, thus greatly reducing the duration of the actual performance, and blending the same into a consecutive series, enacted in the most impressive and dignified manner, and in the following order, viz: 1. His Majesty taking the oath. 2. King Edward kissing the book and signing the oath. 3. The annointing 4. The oblation of the sword. 5. The imperial mantle 6. The orb and sceptres. 7. The crowning of ... Written by AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

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The release of the film was delayed because the date of the coronation was changed. It opened simultaneously in London and Paris on August 9, 1902, when King Edward was crowned. See more »

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Before Its Time
14 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Although Melies was a groundbreaker in many aspects of the cinema, including telling stories, fade cutting, trick films, stag films and religious stories, this one may hold the record: the story is that in order to meet the demand for films of the coronation, he filmed this reenactment -- and released it before Edward was crowned!

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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