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The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Not Rated | | Short, History, Horror | 28 August 1895 (USA)
This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Mrs. Robert L. Thomas ... Queen Mary
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A short film depicting the execution of Mary, Queen of the Scots. Mary is brought to the execution block and made to kneel down with her neck over it. The executioner lifts his axe ready to bring it down. After that frame Mary has been replaced by a dummy. The axe comes down and severs the head of the dummy from the body. The executioner picks up the head and shows it around for everyone else to see. One of the first 'camera tricks' to be used in a movie. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The execution was so real to audiences that some believed a woman actually gave her life for the beheading scene. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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Impressive
30 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, The (1895)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This Edison short was one of the first movies to deal with a real event and the payoff is actually very good. Mary Stuart is taken to the chopping block where she puts her head down and has it hacked off. The special effects in the film are very well done but I'm not sure if the edit is done in a good fashion or if we just can't see it because the print quality is so shaky. Either way this is nicely done and shows that there were some violent films being made back in the day. I've read that this film was pulled from various places because people actually believed that the woman gave her life for the movie. You can't help but think what these folks would feel about certain violent movies of today.


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