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Judith of Bethulia (1914)

 -  Drama  -  8 March 1914 (USA)
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A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him.

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Nathan
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The crippled beggar
Kate Bruce ...
Judith's maid
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
Eunuch Attendant
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Assyrian Traitor
W. Chrystie Miller ...
Bethulian
Gertrude Robinson
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Bethulian Soldier
Edward Dillon
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A fascinating work of high artistry, "Judith of Bethulia" will not only rank as an achievement in this country, but will make foreign producers sit up and take notice. It has a signal and imperative message, and the technique displayed throughout an infinity of detail, embracing even the delicate film tinting and toning, marks an encouraging step in the development of the new art. Ancient in story and settings, it is modern in penetrative interpretation - it is a vivid history of one phase of the time it concerns, and is redemptive as well as relative, a lesson from one of those vital struggles that made and unmade nations as well as individuals, yet it is not without that inspiring influence that appeals powerfully to human sense of justice. The entire vigorous action of the play works up to the personal sacrifice of Judith of Bethulia, a perilous chance she takes for the sake of the lives and happiness of her people. She dares expose herself to overwhelming humiliation and dishonor ... Written by Moving Picture World 1914

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Shot in 1913, not released until 1914. See more »

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When Judith goes out into the city and begins to bless the young mother's baby, an extra enters the shot in the left foreground, blocking the action. She or he quickly retreats back out of view, as someone obviously yelled out. See more »

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Clean, Even Antiseptic

Since it is Easter time, Herr Graf's curiosity about strange Christians' pious habits led to a decision to watch a film inspired lightly by or based on religious scenes ( although aristocrats don't share any Christian feelings about their fellow men at this time or any other time of the year ). For this reason "Judith Of Bethulia" was chosen, a film located in Bethulia, a village near Jerusalem, so it was perfect penance for this German aristocrat. "Judith Of Bethulia" was the last film directed by Herr D.W. Griffith for "Biograph Studios" because the American director had a strange idea about how many reels were necessary to depict a story, an opinion about film running time that the company didn't share ( afterwards Herr Griffith would take revenge and put his theory in practice in his well-known and longer silent films ). The film is the story of Damen Judith, a widower who, in order to save her city from the Assyrian invaders and the thirst and famine that her countrymen suffer in the besieged city, sacrifices her virtue to Herr Holofernes, the invading leader.

"Judith Of Bethulia" is a film in which the techniques are recognizable which made the American director famous in the silent world, even though this film exposes them in a subtle way: not forgetting the pace, the perfectly entwined shots and situations, the strong male characters that Herr Griffith was so fond of, and the fragile and self-sacrificing little fräuleins so characteristic of his cinema. This film is not remarkable but perfect ( clean, even antiseptic ) in its technical, formal and performing aspects.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must sacrifice himself to one of his devoted fat German heiresses.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/


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