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The Death of the Duke D'Enghien (1909)

La mort du duc d'Enghien en 1804 (original title)
The incidents in this picture took place in 1803-4 when Napoleon was First Consul. In August, 1803, Napoleon discovered a conspiracy hatched in England in which three Englishmen were ... See full summary »

Director:

Albert Capellani

Writer:

Léon Hennique
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Credited cast:
Georges Grand Georges Grand ... Le Duc d'Enghien
Henry Houry ... L'officier chargé de l'arrestation
Germaine Dermoz ... La Princesse Charlotte
Paul Capellani
Henri Étiévant
Daniel Mendaille
René Leprince
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Charles Lorrain
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The incidents in this picture took place in 1803-4 when Napoleon was First Consul. In August, 1803, Napoleon discovered a conspiracy hatched in England in which three Englishmen were implicated. The aim of the conspirators was to restore to the throne of France one of the Bourbons. The Prince de Conde, father of the Duke D'Enghien, was in England at this time and he probably was associated with the conspirators. The Duke D'Enghien had already borne arms against the French Republic in the Austrian army, but there was no particular reason for supposing that he was interested in this particular conspiracy against Napoleon Bonaparte, except that it had been learned through some of the conspirators, that had already been arrested, that a Prince of the Bourbon family was about to come on French soil and take active measures towards regaining the throne. As the Duke D'Enghien was residing at this time at Ettenheim just over the border line and was at times absent from his home several days ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | History

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 December 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of the Duke D'Enghien 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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Edited into Albert Capellani: Un cinema di grandeur 1905-1911 (2011) See more »

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From Image to Narrative
21 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In brief, the Duke D'Enghien was an officer in the Austrian forces when he was seized by Bonapartist spies, transported to France and, after some time, condemned to death and shot by orders signed by Napoleon under charges that there was a conspiracy to restore the Bourbons with the Duke as King.

Napoleon's enemies denied this and offered this as proof of his tyranny. Napoleon's supporters accepted the claim, and said this was a wise policy to discourage enemies of France.

What have I got to say about what happened in another country two centuries ago? I have no opinion except to note that clearly this was still a hot topic more than a century after the fact. I also think it's a clear indicator of how far films had come in less than a decade and a half. Had this movie been made in the late 1890s, it would probably have been less than a minute in length, directed by Georges Hatot, and have been a tableau vivante affair, possibly based on Conde's painting. A decade later, Albert Capellani made it a narrative.


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