Movie 11min

The Devil's Seven Castles (1901)

Original title: Les sept châteaux du diable
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Facts
Director Ferdinand Zecca
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Les sept châteaux du diable
(Alternative) The Seven Castles of the Devil
(Country Spesific) De syv dødssynder
Production
Distribution
(UK, DVD, 2012) British Film Institute
(France, 1901) Pathé Frères
(USA, 1904) Pathé Frères
Categories
Based on Play Black and White Drama Duel Fantasy Gothic Hell Horror Pact with the Devil Seven Deadly Sins Short Silent Film Sin Temptation The Devil Trick Film
Description

Grand Pantomime in 40 views

An unhappy woodcutter, Fridolin, completely discouraged by misery, longs for death. While he is in this state of mind Satan appears to him and offers him richness and honours. The king of the infernal regions shows him all his castles and Fridolin gradually acquires the Seven Capital sins Satan, in order to punish him for weakness will throw him into the eternal flames, but at this moment Brigitta appears with her talisman, given to her by the good fairy, and saves him.

First appeared in 1902 catalog, but it was produced in 1901.

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Cast
Unavailbale.
Crew
Ferdinand Zecca - Director
Albert Colas - Production Design (Set Decoration)
Maison L. Granier - Production Design (Costumes)
Reviews
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A fantastic movie of the time

Ferdinand Zecca seems to have spared little while making this spectacle. It's loosely based on the Faust story, although it feels more like Faust than some of the other Faust movies of the time. The text on the contract even says "Faust" even if the name of the chap is Fridolin. The implementation of the seven deadly sins into this story is a stroke of genius, and it expands the narrative from a simple, short, Faustian movie into an 11-minute long multi-scene experience that must have taken the cinema world by storm at that time. I must say, I enjoyed this one a lot.