The Exodus (1910)
Original title: L'Exode
(Short) Israel in Egypt
(Country Spesific) Pharaoh; or, Israel in Egypt
(USA, 1910) Kleine Optical Company
CategoriesBased on the Bible Bible Biblical Drama Biblical Plagues Black and White Drama Easter Judaism Moses Old Testament Pesach Pharaoh Short Silent Film St. Mary St. Mary Magdalena The Exodus DramaShortBased on the Bible, Bible, Biblical Drama, Biblical Plagues, Black and White, Easter, Judaism, Moses, Old Testament, Pesach, Pharaoh, Silent Film, St. Mary, St. Mary Magdalena, The Exodus
"L'Exode", or "The Exodus", is Louis Feuillade's film about the Exodus, mainly the first Pesach meal(Jewish Easter, or Passover) and the tenth plague as well as the final exit from Egypt. The title George Kleine gave the movie in the United States was "Pharaoh; or, Israel in Egypt". The film is preserved, although maybe only partly, as the film in the Gaumont archive is only 17 minutes and contains the Exodus scenes, but information of the film includes both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalen(frames of this seem to be found in the Turconi Collection, or it is some other lost scenes), probably connecting the Jewish easter to the Christian.
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The whole film is really about the Passover meal and the tenth, and last, plague that God through Moses brought upon Egypt before Pharaoh let the Israelites go. By choosing this limited timeframe and focusing on it, the story seems even longer than how it is presented in modern day with sound, but here it is of course silent making it feel even longer. Louis Feuillade lets the scene build up sometimes with lots of unfolding time, giving the movie a slow pace. There are some interesting scenes, and I found the lingering on the Passover meal very nice because the whole movie seems to focus on this event, and I cannot remeber to have seen it in any movie like this before. Moses seems a bit too old to his role, but then again, he is also one of the only memorable persons here in addition to maybe Pharaoh. I also found it interesting how two death of a child scenes are brought together into all the parents wrining their child unto the streets as an accumulation to the finale of Pharaoh finally letting Israel go. It is also quite truthful to the Biblical story as I remeber it.