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The Maid of Argos (1911)

La vierge d'Argos (original title)
To save the city of Argos, Myrtis, a beautiful maiden, is selected by the high priest for sacrifice. After taking leave of her father and lover, she is lead to the sacrificial tree to await... See full summary »

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Renée Carl
Luitz-Morat
Henri Varna
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To save the city of Argos, Myrtis, a beautiful maiden, is selected by the high priest for sacrifice. After taking leave of her father and lover, she is lead to the sacrificial tree to await the will of the deity. Shortly afterward, the high priest, Crates, steals out to her, and, inflamed with passion, offers to save her life. Her lover, Amyntas, who has been watching in concealment, however, rushes out, and with a dagger, strikes the wicked priest to the ground. Hand in hand the lovers then go to the temple, and there it is decided that the blood of the high priest is sufficient sacrifice. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 December 1911 (USA)  »

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The Gaumont people have made extremely beautiful
12 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

An old Grecian legend furnished the scenario for this picture which the Gaumont people have made extremely beautiful. The Maid of Argos was chosen, a human sacrifice, to appease the gods and free the city from the plague. The high priest chose her and later because he saved her, freed her and wanted her to escape with him. She had refused the help of her lover, because she thought her death would free the people from their distress. When the priest tries to steal her away, this lover kills the priest, Diana's priestess declares that the priest has been the needed human sacrifice and all goes well. Some of the scenes of this picture, especially one showing a sail boat on a quiet river, and again one showing a balcony with great columns overlooking a harbor, are beautiful. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1912


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