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Joseph in the Land of Egypt (1914)

 -  Drama  -  1 February 1914 (USA)
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James Cruze ...
Marguerite Snow ...
John Lehnberg ...
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Justus D. Barnes ...
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Arthur Bauer ...
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Lila Chester ...
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David Thompson ...
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George A. Grimmer
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Joseph and His Brethren  »

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The Story of Joseph
30 September 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a respectful but slightly stodgy film realization of the Biblical story of Joseph -- played here by future director James Cruze.

Part of the problem is caused by the length of the takes. Thanhouser had developed a house style of camera work in which a brisk pace of cutting hid the camera movement necessary to maintain composition. But in this movie the length of a shot seems to be tied to the average length of the titles, which average five lines from the Bible: screen title, then illustrate it. This was, by 1914, rather old hat, but given that this was a Biblical epic and that FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS two years earlier had been such a huge success using the same techniques, the practice is understandable, if slow.

Certainly this was a large production, even for Thanhouser, which was a very ambitious company, quite willing to spend money on sets and costumes. It shows. Also the uncredited set designer and camera man were quite clever. The Egyptian sets have a pretty good 19th Century illustration look to them, sometimes approaching watercolor.

Over all, the effect is a not brilliant and it will never bump Demille from the list of great Biblical epics, but interesting to fans of silent films.


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