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The Pit and the Pendulum (1913)

The first story begins with a young and pretty girl named Isabelle sitting upon a hill. It is then that she is attacked by Pedro. And following the common thematic trajectory of the time, ... See full summary »

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Alice Guy

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Edgar Allan Poe (story)
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Adaptation of Edgar Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum.

Director: Alexandre Astruc
Stars: Maurice Ronet
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Darwin Karr ... Alonzo
Fraunie Fraunholz ... Pedro - the Inquisator
Blanche Cornwall
Joseph Levering
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The first story begins with a young and pretty girl named Isabelle sitting upon a hill. It is then that she is attacked by Pedro. And following the common thematic trajectory of the time, Isabelle is then rescued by the kind and brave medical student who spends his time as a minister for the poor, Alonzo. Pedro is insistent on revenge and applies to the local monastery where Alonzo works in order to frame him. He hopes to frame him for the mysterious and sudden disappearance of the church's jewels. The frame ends immediately after Pedro plants the jewels in Alonzo's home and the monks are quick to punish Alonzo and Isabelle. Written by Moh X

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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July 1913 (USA) See more »

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Solax Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Darwin Karr has the central role and is at his best
8 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A special offering in three reels that will excite enthusiasm. The story is from the tale of Edgar Allan Poe dealing with terror and horror and creating an atmosphere around the spectator that is likely to make him shiver. We were indeed astonished at the effectiveness with which the fearful tortures of the story's hero have been illustrated by the Solax producer. The sets are remarkably realistic and this is especially true of the dungeon-filled monastery, into which the luckless hero is dragged and in which, before he is released, he is tortured with fiendish ingenuity. The quiet occupants of many of the dungeons shown are skeletons and all the mechanism of torture, including the cell with the pit in its floor, down which we see skulls and crawling serpents (this bottom of the pit is not so realistic as it might have been) have been extremely well conceived. The pendulum, massive and sharp, which swings back and forth and ever draws nearer to the bound victim, is also effective, as is the manner of his salvation from it. Rats gnaw the ropes that bind him. Finally, we feel the walls around him growing hot and see them folding in on him. We have been watching the monks peering down at the man they are trying to destroy, their faces lighted by baleful fires, and we have noticed that the heroine has found help in a company of soldiers whom she is bringing to the rescue. Thus is created a telling element of dramatic suspense and it gives the picture "punch." The plot is strongly constructed. Darwin Karr has the central role and is at his best. The picture depends very much on his work and he rises to the occasion well, is imaginative and clear cut. He surely deserves credit. The others supported him fairly well; but there was little real evil strength in the monks; Fraunie Fronholz, the villain, is not at his best in such a role. The heroine (Blanche Cornwall) did good work. The photography is excellent. - The Moving Picture World, August 2, 1913


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