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The Lady with the Camelias (1909)
"Camille" (original title)

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Marguerite Gautier, a poor but beautiful country girl, who, a few years before she became the rage in Paris, did not know how to write her own name, first met Armand Duval at the theater. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Vittoria Lepanto ...
Marguerite Gauthier
Alberto Nepoti ...
Dante Cappelli ...
de Varville
Ugo Falena
Alfredo Campioni


Marguerite Gautier, a poor but beautiful country girl, who, a few years before she became the rage in Paris, did not know how to write her own name, first met Armand Duval at the theater. This is the opening scene of this wonderfully beautiful and interesting film d'art. Marguerite in her box, beautiful as a dream, and Armand standing looking at her transfixed with admiration. After obtaining an introduction to his divinity. Armand becomes a constant visitor at her home. One night, at a little dinner given by Marguerite to her friend, Prudence Duvernoy, a well-known milliner, and at which were present her devoted admirer. Armand and one or two other congenial spirits, Marguerite was taken with a desperate spell of coughing. Symptoms of the dread disease she had inherited from her beautiful mother bad already made their appearance. Her faithful maids, rushing to the aid of their mistress, carried her to a couch in a nearby room, where Armand follows and imprints a kiss on the girl's ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





Release Date:

12 January 1910 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama de las camelias  »

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1.33 : 1
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Almost impossible to suggest any improvement
18 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A veritable film d'art. A thrilling and intensely dramatic representation of what has been termed by competent critics to be Alexander Dumas' son's masterpiece, Camille. The story of the unfortunate Marguerite Gautier and her unhappy lover, Armand Duval, graphically represented and dramatically acted, as the finished actors of the Pathes company always do act. It is unnecessary to repeat the story. It would seem that one so popular in novel, drama and opera would be sufficiently well understood to preclude the necessity for repetition. Criticism of such a popular and well-known drama seems scarcely necessary, and that is especially true in this instance, because it seems almost impossible to suggest any improvement. The setting and staging are alike sumptuous and the figures move across the screen like actual persons. After seeing the picture one seems to become acquainted with them and they are individual entities which will live with one as long as memory lasts. In many respects this seems to rank among the leading films the Pathes have produced. Perhaps the play is not up to the standard of some of those produced in the past, but even though this may be true, the picture has most of the attributes of greatness and deserves to be included in the comparatively small number that are reckoned among the leaders in the motion picture world. - The Moving Picture World, January 22, 1910

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