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The Martyred Presidents (1901)

This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln... See full summary »

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This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln and then of two other presidents, Garfield and McKinley, can be seen on the monument and then they disappear. There is a figure huddled at the foot of a statue of Justice, as if asking forgiveness. Written by Anonymous

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19 October 1901 (USA)  »

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Surreal Short
20 June 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Martyred Presidents, The (1901)

*** (out of 4)

Extremely bizarre short from Edison has a woman sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. After a few seconds a picture of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley (assassinated Presidents) appear and then the woman ends up begging for forgiveness. I'm not really sure what the point of this film was but it runs just over a minute and is pretty surreal. The images of the death Presidents is rather unsettling but I'm really not sure why the woman is wanting forgiveness. It's not as if she committed the crimes but perhaps Porter was wanting to say something else. If so it really doesn't come off too well but this is still a very interesting short and well worth watching.


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