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The Nativity (1910)

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Short | 14 min | Drama, Short

Louis Feuillade's retelling of the birth of Christ tells a different story than we're used to. When the Magi tells King Herod of the birth foretold, Herod first sends his emissaries and then orders the death of the Christ child. Produced ...See moreLouis Feuillade's retelling of the birth of Christ tells a different story than we're used to. When the Magi tells King Herod of the birth foretold, Herod first sends his emissaries and then orders the death of the Christ child. Produced as part of the series "Le Film esthétique," which promised audiences films that were "visual first and foremost, not theatrical," THE NATIVITY is part religious spectacle and part Biblical thriller, produced on lavish sets that gave Feuillade the opportunity to stage scenes in deep focus. The shepherds, following the star of Bethlehem, enter from the background and advance toward the camera to take their place in the tableau around the manger, a device he returned to in his hit serial FANTOMAS. Feuillade and Gaumont were sued by painter Luc Olivier Merson, who accused them of plagiarizing his tableau "Le Repos en Egypte," which if nothing else inspired the unexpected final shot of THE NATIVITY. - Sean Axmaker See less
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Updated Nov 11, 1910

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Nov 11, 1910 (France)

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Renée Carl
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Nadette Darson
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5.4 / 10 | 73 votes