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Salambo (1911)

Salambò (original title)
Salambo is in command of the mercenaries (hired foreign soldiers). Payment being delayed they make a hostile demonstration and the High Priestess addresses them. Salambo becomes infatuated ... See full summary »

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Maria Bay
Alberto Capozzi ...
Giovanni Coppo
Oreste Grandi
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Ercole Vaser
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Salambo is in command of the mercenaries (hired foreign soldiers). Payment being delayed they make a hostile demonstration and the High Priestess addresses them. Salambo becomes infatuated with her and quiets the threatening men. Violating the sacred rules, he enters the Temple and forces his way to the Idol Chamber, where the Sacred Veil reposes, in quest of the woman. He is set upon by the holy guards, and tears down the veil and wraps it about himself, and while the priests and guards are spellbound with horror at the sacrilegious act he makes his escape. The Priestess, whose heart has been stormed by the fearless, dashing soldier, goes to his tent and persuades him to give her back the veil. After she has returned it to the Temple, amid the great rejoicing of the priests and the people, she goes back to Salambo and becomes the warrior's bride. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 October 1911 (USA)  »

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Far weaker stories than this have been called "gripping"
11 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Floubert's historical novel furnished the scenario for this picture of Carthage just before the city was destroyed by Rome. The heroine of the story is the princess, Salambo, priestess of Tenit, and its hero is Macar, a rude northern king, general of the mercenaries, who were employed as protection against Rome. Macar and his brethren were feared by the city. The story deals with the passionate love of this man and woman. Macar, to be near Salambo, profanes the temple of Tenit, the goddess of the Moon, and to keep from being apprehended, snatches the sacred white veil, representing moonlight, from the arms of the image. He is caught later, when he had given the veil back to Salambo and she, as priestess, is compelled to light the fire that will burn him at the stake. She applies the torch, then kills herself. Far weaker stories than this have been called "gripping." The settings, acting and photography of this picture arc wonderful. Artistically it is one of the strongest pictures that has been released this season. - The Moving Picture World, November 4, 1911


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