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The Hunter's Grief (1909)

Le coup de fusil (original title)
It is little Jay's sixth birthday and the happy youngster is the recipient of many pretty toys, among others a miniature rifle, which is the delight of his little heart. His father, being a... See full summary »

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Charles Mosnier
Paul Chelles
Madeleine Taillade
Henriette Miller
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It is little Jay's sixth birthday and the happy youngster is the recipient of many pretty toys, among others a miniature rifle, which is the delight of his little heart. His father, being a great sportsman, the youngster possesses similar tastes and now feels that he is in a position to accompany his elders on their hunting expeditions. Much to his disappointment, however, his daddy and grandfather start out duck hunting, leaving the little chap at home. Even their promise to take him some other day fails to cheer him up. The little fellow feels that he has been treated unjustly, so decides to go anyhow, and we see him stealing from the house with his little rifle over his shoulder and following the older folks to the hunting ground. The huntsmen are now near a large pond where they are shooting wild duck. Little Jay steals along on the opposite side and hides behind a stack of straw without being seen by his relatives. His father takes aim and fires at a bird, but misses his shot and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 May 1909 (USA)  »

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The loftiest height of tragic power
13 September 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Now here is an intensely dramatic theme, and it is really wonderful to see with what supreme command of histrionic art the actors and actresses playing in the piece convey the varying emotions felt in that piece to the audience. Not a single point is lost, there is not a single moment's pause or obscurity. From the instant the curtain goes up the shadow of fate seems to hang over the little fellow who is doomed to die at the hands of his father. He is seen to be playing with a gun, and, when after the party have set out for the hunt, he surreptitiously escapes from the window to follow them, we have a still further premonition of his fate. The tragic moment of the play is when he is accidentally shot by his father. From thence on, through the powerful scene in the house where the parent gradually develops insanity amidst the grief of his family and has to be taken away, we rise to the loftiest height of tragic power yet seen on the moving picture stage. The remainder of the story which we have described is in the nature of a final chapter leading up to a happy denouement. - The Moving Picture World, May 15, 1909


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