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History of a Crime (1901)

Histoire d'un crime (original title)
La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »

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Ferdinand Zecca

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Ferdinand Zecca
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Jean Liézer
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Ferdinand Zecca
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La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. Alla fine sogna di arrampicarsi sulla forca, ed improvvisamente si risveglia... Written by rosebud6

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

May 1902 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

History of a Crime See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Pathé Frères Film Catalogue no. 358 See more »

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When the criminal, who has been condemned to die, is brought to the guillotine, a door is opened and two files of soldiers are seen lining the way to the guillotine. In the next shot, the prisoner is placed on the guillotine. However, this time the guillotine is much closer to the doorway than in the previous shot. See more »

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An interesting bypath
22 October 2002 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

An early attempt by Zecca, Pathe's leading director in this period, at scene changes. All of them are done by fade. This technique would be abandoned, resulting in the standard French look through the 1920s, most notably in Louis Feuillade's movies, in which the camera sits in one location. The result is a much more subjective camera than the typical American style.


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