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Parsifal (1904)

 |  Drama, Short  |  13 October 1904 (USA)
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Klingsor seeks admission to the Holy Grail. Evil summons Kundry. Herzeloid appears with the child Parsifal. Crowning of Amfortas. Wounding of Amfortas. Carrying Amfortas to his bath. Kundry... See full summary »

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Klingsor seeks admission to the Holy Grail. Evil summons Kundry. Herzeloid appears with the child Parsifal. Crowning of Amfortas. Wounding of Amfortas. Carrying Amfortas to his bath. Kundry brings relief to Amfortas. Parsifal reproached for killing the Swan. Kundry succumbs to Evil. Knights entering the Holy Grail. Parsifal unmoved. Klingsor summons Kundry. Parsifal enters the Magic Garden. Kundry kisses Parsifal. Parsifal calls upon the Saviour. Parsifal repulses Kundry. Klingsor hurls the Sacred Spear. Destruction of the Magic Garden. Guernemanz restores Kundry. Parsifal appears with Sacred Spear. Kundry washes Parsifal's feet. Amfortas tears open his wound. Parsifal heals Amfortas. Parsifal becomes King of the Holy Grail. Written by Edison advertisement

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This film was in eight parts, possibly eight separate reels originally, showing eight scenes from Wagner's opera "Parsifal", and designed to be shown with synchronized phonograph records, using Edison's Kinetophone system. See more »

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Wagner and Edison's Parsival
1 December 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This was the first film made on an Arthurian subject, I'm posting this entry from the Camelot Projects Filmography: Parsifal (1904).

United States; dir. Edwin J. Porter; Edison.

Cast: Adelaide Fitz-Allen and Robert Whittier.

Using a highly exaggerated style of acting, interspersed with trick camera effects, a group of actors present the following scenes from Wagner's opera: Parsifal Ascends the Throne, Ruins of A Magic Garden, Exterior of Klingson's Castle, Magic Garden, Interior of the Temple, Scene Outside the Temple, Return of Parsifal, and In the Woods. With this film, Edison had hoped to capitalize on the success of the 1903 stage production of the opera in New York, but the film's run had to be shortened when the owner of the copyright successfully sued Edison for using the script without permission.

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Optical Lantern and Cinematograph Journal 1 (1905): 52.


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