Movie 25min

Parsifal (1904)

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Facts
Director Edwin S. Porter
Country United States
Language English
Titles
(Alternative) Parzival
Production
Distribution
Categories
Based on Novel Based on Opera Black and White Drama Fantasy King Arthur Middle Ages Mythology Short Silent Film The Holy Grail
Descriptions

Klingsor seeks admission to the Holy Grail. Evil summons Kundry. Herzeloid appears with the child Parsifal. Crowning of Amfortas. Wounding of Amfortas. Carrying Amfortas to his bath. Kundry brings relief to Amfortas. Parsifal reproached for killing the Swan. Kundry succumbs to Evil. Knights entering the Holy Grail. Parsifal unmoved. Klingsor summons Kundry. Parsifal enters the Magic Garden. Kundry kisses Parsifal. Parsifal calls upon the Saviour. Parsifal repulses Kundry. Klingsor hurls the Sacred Spear. Destruction of the Magic Garden. Guernemanz restores Kundry. Parsifal appears with Sacred Spear. Kundry washes Parsifal's feet. Amfortas tears open his wound. Parsifal heals Amfortas. Parsifal becomes King of the Holy Grail.

Source: Edison Ad


Edison got the rights to Richard Wagner's 1882 opera that this film is based on, and used it when experimenting with combining film with sound. There are 52 frames from this film in the Turconi Collection[1].


Elaborate sets were used in each scene. All the actors gestured in an exaggerated manner. Interesting trick effects were used in some scenes. All the camera positions were from the audience's point of view. Based on Richard Wagner's opera, this film was intended to be shown with a musical accompaniment

Source: Early motion pictures: The paper print collection in the Library of Congress

8 Scenes
The Scenes were copyrighted individually.
Parsifal Ascends the Throne
Ruins of Magic Garden
Exterior of Klingson's Castle
Magic Garden
Interior of Temple
Scene outside of Temple
Return of Parsifal
In the Woods
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Cast
Robert Whittier - Parsifal
Adelaide Fitz-Allen - Kundry
Crew
Richard Wagner - Author (Opera)
Edwin S. Porter - Director
Harley Merry - Production Design (Scenery)
Edwin S. Porter - Cinematography