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Cambyses, King of Persia (1909)

La mort de Cambyse (original title)
About 550 B.C. there reigned in Persia and Egypt, Cambyses, a very cruel and passionate king. He fell in love with Amestris, the beautiful wife of his favorite courtier, Prexaspe. It ... See full summary »

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Alice Tissot
Christiane Mandelys
Maurice Vinot
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About 550 B.C. there reigned in Persia and Egypt, Cambyses, a very cruel and passionate king. He fell in love with Amestris, the beautiful wife of his favorite courtier, Prexaspe. It happened one day that young Masyos, son of Prexaspe and Amestris, was learning how to throw the javelin or spear. Cambyses comes upon the scene and plays with Masyos. Unhappily, as King Cambyses threw the javelin, Masyos ran in front of him so that the javelin pierced him through the heart. Amestris, the boy's mother, did not understand that it was accidental and she swore to avenge Masyos' death. Accordingly, she feigned to yield to Cambyses' passion in order to attract him into her home. There, before the corpse of her dead son, which she tragically displayed to Cambyses, she stabbed the king to the heart with the same javelin with which he had killed Masyos, Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 December 1909 (USA)  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with The Shepherd's Flute (1909). See more »

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Of the passion and intrigue little need be said
31 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A strongly dramatic picture of a supposed episode in the history of Persia that occurred over 2,000 years ago. Of the passion and intrigue little need be said. They seem common to all courts, no matter what age of the world, but there is an element of instruction in this film, since it shows the costumes and in some degree the manners of that period, and to that extent at least is to be commended. So far as the king's infatuation for another man's wife goes, a good many kings have had the same, and this is not especially new. The film is strong dramatically and will appeal to many people for that reason. - The Moving Picture World, December 31, 1909


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