(I) (1911)

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The pictorial effect in each instance is beautiful
deickemeyer23 January 2016
This photoplay, beautiful, intensely dramatic and human, was adapted from the opera and reproduced sumptuously and accurately. The part of Aida, the leading role, is played by Mary Fuller; that of the King of Egypt, by Charles Ogle; Amneris, his daughter, by Nancy Avril; Radames, an Egyptian officer, by Marc McDermott; King of Ethiopia, Aida's father, is Guy Coombs; the High Priest of Isis is Robert Brower. It seems scarcely necessary to repeat the story, the scene of which is laid in Egypt, and begins when Aida, the Ethiopian princess, who is a prisoner in the hands of the Egyptians, is given as a slave to Amneris, the daughter of the Egyptian king, and wins the affection of Radames, Amneris' lover. The story ends with the death of Radames, who is buried alive for treason, in disclosing to Aida the plans for an Egyptian campaign against Ethiopia. When he enters the stone tomb which is to be sealed up with him inside he finds Aida already awaiting him there, proving her great love by choosing to die with him. There are numerous interesting scenes reproducing life at the ancient court of Egypt. The setting in these scenes is so elaborate, and so carefully are the details worked out, that the pictorial effect in each instance is beautiful. Its beauty and illusion of naturalness are apparent from the beginning to the end. The fact that the names of the actors are given is notable. Indeed, this film will probably rank as the best of the week. - The Moving Picture World, May 20, 1911
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