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Samson and Delilah (1908)

Samson (original title)
There are few persons who are not familiar with the story of Samson, who possessed such supernatural strength, and his wooing of the fair Delilah. We first see Samson as a little baby, when... See full summary »

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Louis Ravet
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There are few persons who are not familiar with the story of Samson, who possessed such supernatural strength, and his wooing of the fair Delilah. We first see Samson as a little baby, when his happy parents offer him up to God in the presence of a multitude of peasants. The next scene is years later, when he is possessed of such wonderful strength that he is the horror of the Philistines. They capture him and lead him into a courtyard, where they fasten him to a massive door to prevent his escape, but he astonishes all by getting a firm grip on it, and dragging the heavy gate away from its fastenings, throwing it aside like a piece of cardboard and walking out defiantly. In the next picture we see the King and a large mob in a public square, where the former is inducing Delilah to tempt Samson and win his love by strategy and learn the secret of his wonderful strength. Samson is soon on the scene and falls an easy prey to Delilah's beguiling ways and she lures him into her apartment ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 September 1908 (USA)  »

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Unusually well handled
16 March 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully beautiful and realistic reproduction of the Bible story of Samson. The stage setting is unusually well handled. The acting is good, and in no instance overdone, while the coloring leaves nothing to be desired. The strongest scene, where the crippled Samson is forced to submit to having his eyes burned out. made the audience sit still in breathless horror. The scene where he is lashed into turning the huge wheel is another which causes the audience to make signs of deep sympathy. The close never fails to bring a round of vigorous applause. Some in the audience at one theater were heard to say that it was the finest film seen in many a day. -- The Moving Picture World, November 28, 1908


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