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The Oath and the Man (1910)

Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their ... See full summary »

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Henri Prevost
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Madame Prevost
W. Chrystie Miller ...
A Priest
Francis J. Grandon ...
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Aristocrat
Clara T. Bracy ...
In Parfumerie
William J. Butler ...
Aristocrat
Verner Clarges ...
Aristocrat
Charles Craig ...
Aristocrat
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Aristocrat
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Frank Evans ...
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Dell Henderson ...
Aristocrat
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Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their humble households were invaded and defiled by the noble profligates. Henri Provost, a perfumer, receives a call from his landlord in quest of some perfume. During his visit this nobleman is attracted by Henri's pretty young wife. Her beauty so enthralls him that he, during her husband's absence, exercises his presumed rights, and invites, or rather commands her to attend his house fete. Here he dresses her in finery and promises to make a great lady of her, so that when her husband, who finding whither she had gone, bursts into the palace, she denies him. The heartbroken perfumer at first would return to the palace and in vengeance murder both his wife and the nobleman, but the old priest stays him, by showing him the crucifix, the emblem of Christian charity and making him swear he would never kill ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 September 1910 (USA)  »

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Be Careful What You Wish For...
10 December 2011 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

In three short years as a director, D. W. Griffith had graduated from a novice to a professional ready to stretch his already impressive talents. Compare this tale of marital infidelity set against the backdrop of the French revolution to films made by most other filmmakers of the time and it is easy to see how far ahead of the field Griffith already was. This eleven minute short could easily have been made into a two-reeler, or even a feature. As it is, it's brisk running time means that the film's climax feels a little rushed - the revolution is ignited and completed within a matter of 60 seconds or so.


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