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Reproduction, Coronation Ceremonies: King Edward VII (1902)

The Coronation of Edward VII (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, History | September 1902 (USA)
A re-enactment using actors of the recent coronation of Britain's King Edward VII.
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Uncredited cast:
Paul Méliès Paul Méliès ... Attendant Bearing King Edward's Sword (uncredited)
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This impressive ceremony is performed in the order as officially published. Their Majesties, Royalty, Clergy, and other Distinguished Personages taking part in the Coronation are impersonated by accomplished actors and actresses, every detail as to costumes, robes, regalia, coronation chairs, chair of state, Abbey arrangements, etc., being as faithfully reproduced as possible, in order to convey the scene to the millions who are not privileged to witness the actual proceedings. Only such portions of the ceremony as would admit of action have been selected for purposes of this representation, thus greatly reducing the duration of the actual performance, and blending the same into a consecutive series, enacted in the most impressive and dignified manner, and in the following order, viz: 1. His Majesty taking the oath. 2. King Edward kissing the book and signing the oath. 3. The annointing 4. The oblation of the sword. 5. The imperial mantle 6. The orb and sceptres. 7. The crowning of ... Written by AMB Picture Catalogue (1902)

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Country:

France

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September 1902 (USA) See more »

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Reproduction, Coronation Ceremonies: King Edward VII See more »

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As a means of focusing on the solemnity of the occasion, the cast was chosen for their similarity to the actual figures they portrayed and not their degree of fame or talent. The man who enacted the part of the new King was, in real life, a washroom attendant. See more »

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A Chance to Pretend to See Royalty
13 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While all the figures are actors, there is an effort made to give acceptable performances of an historical event. Here it is the coronation of a king with all the pomp and ceremony therein. Melies makes everything pretty claustrophobic out of necessity, but it still works pretty well. Since the audiences had no access to their monarchs other than still photographs and drawings, this would have bee quite a treat.


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