A Priestess of Carthage (1911)

La prêtresse de Carthage (original title)
A photoplay drama in four acts: Dramatis Personae: Arizath, Priestess of Carthage; Alazi, High Priest of Eschmoun; Gersaken, Chief of the Barbarians; Moammo, Carthaginian Nobleman; Knuma, ... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Feuillade
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Georges Wague
Renée Carl
Luitz-Morat Luitz-Morat
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A photoplay drama in four acts: Dramatis Personae: Arizath, Priestess of Carthage; Alazi, High Priest of Eschmoun; Gersaken, Chief of the Barbarians; Moammo, Carthaginian Nobleman; Knuma, Attendant upon Arizath; Birno and Haarti, Handmaidens to Gersaken; Carthaginians, Roman and Barbarian Soldier, Citizens, Slaves, Priests, etc. "The Priestess of Carthage" will no doubt be one of the greatest productions put on by the Gaumont company during 1911. The scenes are laid in that ancient city of Carthage, and the time of the story takes place about 150 B.C. There is plenty of action throughout the four acts, and the settings are most beautiful and highly colored. There is also a pretty love story interwoven, which will have a gripping effect on all those who see it. In the first act, the scene of the Temple of the Moon and Sun show wonderful photography. Scene 2 shows Alizath's Palace and the Tent of Gersaken, while Scene 3 brings us to the Square of Khamon and also shows the Barbarian camp... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 April 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In every sense this film can scarcely be surpassed
18 January 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture should take front rank with the best that has been done by the Gaumonts. The leading role is played by Mlle. Gravier, as the priestess and she carried her part well nigh to perfection. Indeed, it is difficult to conceive how it could have been done better. The first act shows the temple of the sun and moon and the photography is really remarkable. The costumes, for example, have a delicate sheen and seem much like real goods. Even the color of jewels in the women's hair are perfectly reproduced. It would be impossible to improve upon it. The second scene shows Arlizath's palace and the tent of Gersaken, the Barbarian. The third scene is the Square of Khamon and the Barbarian camp at night, while the last two scenes are in the Temple of Tanit and the interior of the House of Eschmon. The story is laid in Carthage about 150 years B.C. and the action comes in the endeavor to get a moon stone from the turban of Gersaken, the possession of which will bring success to the Carthaginian arms. The priestess, Arizath, undertakes to do this and succeeds, but she and Gersaken fall in love and the closing scene is a wedding. Only one touch of humor pervades the picture, when Gersaken pursues Moammo, who steals the moon stone. The audience does not see the stroke of the sword, but Gersaken brings in a severed head, which is shown to the audience and placed in a bag made of skins. The murdered man is a rejected suitor of the priestess. It is a striking scene when she clears the blood from the sword over the altar fire. In every sense, costuming, acting, staging and photography, this film can scarcely be surpassed. It is one of the best the company has ever released. Everyone having to do with its production has performed his or her part with skill and discretion. - The Moving Picture World, May 13, 1911


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