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The Golden Supper (1910)

Julian loves his cousin and foster sister Camilla, who is wooed and won by Lionel, his friend and rival. He is a witness to their marriage and after the ceremony he departs heartbroken to ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Dorothy West ... Camilla
Edwin August ... Prince Julian
Charles West Charles West ... Lionel - Julian's Rival
Claire McDowell ... Lady-in-Waiting
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... The Queen
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Julian loves his cousin and foster sister Camilla, who is wooed and won by Lionel, his friend and rival. He is a witness to their marriage and after the ceremony he departs heartbroken to his own house. Utopian was the existence of Lionel and Camilla, until some time later Camilla is seized with a serious illness, and Lionel's grief knew no bounds when he heard "That low knell tolling his lady dead." "She had lain three days without a pulse all that look'd on her had pronounced her dead, So they bore her, for in Julian's land they never nail a dumb head up in elm, bore her free-faced to the free airs of heaven, and laid her in the vault of her own kin." Julian learns of the death of Camilla, and hastens to the house, arriving in time to see the funeral cortège moving slowly towards the sepulcher. Following in its wake he exclaims, "Now, now, will 1 go down into the grave; I will be all alone with all I love." So after the train had departed from the vault, Julian enters "and at the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het gouden feestmaal See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Poor Adaptation of Tennyson Poem
14 October 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I'm going to skip the synopsis I usually do, because this attempt to bring Tennyson's fantasy poem to the screen is muddled and obscure. Instead I will concentrate on the technical issues.

First there's the acting. Although 1909 had seen Griffith establishing a more restrained style of mime for the movie screen, occasionally he would retreat to the older, bigger, ridiculous-in-context, stagy style for a work he considered appropriate. This is one of those times, and it comes off as overwrought and bizarre.

Next there is the location shooting. Biograph was based in Manhattan and the location shoots substitute various Manhattan locations for medieval Italy. While the contemporary viewer might have been fooled, or even the modern viewer, unfamiliar with the local architecture; for me it was a constantly jarring realization that some one seems to think that the Brunsonia apartment building is in northern Italy.

These issues make this movie ridiculous. There is, however, the issue of point of view shots from odd locations. These imbue the proceedings with an air of unreality: not seeing things from the usual angle of somewhere in front of the proceedings and on the same level, makes these events seem even odder. That is an effect that would be used by film makers in the future.

It's rare for me to admit that a D.W. Griffith movie is a waste of time. This is one of those occasions. If you wish to see it for yourself, it is available on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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