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A Duel Under Richelieu (1908)

Un duel sous Richelieu (original title)
This beautiful and historic picture depicts an incident which took place in Paris when Cardinal Richelieu was in power, and when dueling was considered a capital offense. In the opening ... See full summary »

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This beautiful and historic picture depicts an incident which took place in Paris when Cardinal Richelieu was in power, and when dueling was considered a capital offense. In the opening scene we see a notice which has just been posted up in the public square stating that one Bouteville and his accomplices are guilty of treason in violating the law, and condemning them to death in expiation of their offense. The latter reads the notice and treats it as a huge joke; so tears it down, putting in its place another poster challenging the Baron Bevron and his friends to a duel with sword and dagger at noon on the following day in the Place Royal. The Baron and his friends read the challenge, and the former, adding underneath the words, "We will be there," signs his name and goes off in high glee. At the appointed time the enemies meet, and in the presence of their friends and admirers fight an interesting duel. Both sides show great skill in the use of the foils, but gradually they drop out... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 January 1909 (USA)  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with Spanish Blood (1908). See more »

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Not quite the mental pabulum which is desired by present-day Americans
12 May 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Perhaps as a glimpse of the manners and customs in Richelieu's day this film can be condoned, but there are too many unpleasant details connected with it. A wholesale duel is not quite the mental pabulum which is desired by present-day Americans. The execution is much too bald. The audience sees the stroke of the axe and then the severed head is held up for them to see. All the time the wife or sweetheart is writhing in the clutches of the soldiers in the foreground. It is too bloodthirsty and nerve-racking to allow it to run. If the riot of bloodshed is to begin all over again in the films, the censor had better get busy. - The Moving Picture World, January 16, 1909


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