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Richelieu; or: The Conspiracy (1910)

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In the magnificent reception room of the chief executive of the French capital, Baradas and a number of conspirators are seen plotting. Julie, the beautiful ward of Cardinal Richelieu, ... See full summary »

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William Humphrey
James Young
Charles Kent
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In the magnificent reception room of the chief executive of the French capital, Baradas and a number of conspirators are seen plotting. Julie, the beautiful ward of Cardinal Richelieu, enters, and Baradas attempts to show his regard for her. Chevalier DeMauprat also enters and greets Julie, and the two men exchange jealous glances. The Cardinal is announced and all fall back while he affectionately greets Julie. The plotters show their hate of the Cardinal behind his back, but quail under his searching glances. The Cardinal passes on, and DeMauprat is seen to make love to Julie. This is discovered by the Cardinal, who has DeMauprat seized and accuses him of conspiracy, and, while pretending to send him to his doom, in reality ushers him into the room where Julie is waiting, and gives his consent to the marriage, thereby winning DeMauprat's devotion. Shortly after the wedding Julie is separated from her husband and imprisoned in the palace of King Louis XIII on the pretext that the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The influence of such pictures is beneficial
18 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A sumptuous and strongly dramatic production of an episode in the life of the famous Cardinal, dealing with a conspiracy in which the lives of important French government officials were threatened. Much time and money were expended upon the staging of this picture, and the costumes and settings are as nearly historically correct as it is possible to make them. A love story runs through the picture, adding materially to its interest, since jealousy, however repulsive an exhibition of it may be, supplies a reasonable motive for the movements of different actors which might not otherwise seem plain. Dramatically this picture will rank with the best productions of the Vitagraph's capable players. And what is perhaps more pleasing to a critical audience, the acting is well balanced and evenly sustained through the different scenes. Perhaps it is not too much to say that the acting is convincing, each actor giving what seems to be a good reason for his movements. Such elaborate pictures, presented with the beautiful stage settings and sumptuous costumes, add materially to the educational value of the motion picture, and what is of even more importance, they furnish an opportunity whereby those who cannot afford expensive theater tickets are enabled to see and enjoy dramatic masterpieces. The influence of such pictures is beneficial. They stimulate interest in important historic events and they graphically present the beauties of literary masterpieces. Under their influence public taste will improve and the artistic and literary impulses will be cultivated and become stronger. It is one important feature of the diffusion of artistic and literary education through the medium of the motion picture. - The Moving Picture World, January 22, 1910


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