The Life of Moses (1909)
|Directors||J. Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent|
(Country Spesific) Moses lif i lefvande bilder
(Alternative) Scenes from the Life of Moses
CategoriesAncient Egypt Based on the Bible Biblical Characters Biblical Drama Biblical Plagues Biography Black and White Burning Bush Drama Historical Drama Idolatry Israel Jew Judaism Moses Murder Old Testament Pesach Pharaoh Religious Persecution Serial Silent Film Slavery Tabernacle The Arc of the Covenant The Exodus The Ten Commandments BiographyDramaAncient Egypt, Based on the Bible, Biblical Characters, Biblical Drama, Biblical Plagues, Black and White, Burning Bush, Historical Drama, Idolatry, Israel, Jew, Judaism, Moses, Murder, Old Testament, Pesach, Pharaoh, Religious Persecution, Serial, Silent Film, Slavery, Tabernacle, The Arc of the Covenant, The Exodus, The Ten Commandments
Notable Series of Biblical Pictures Produced Under the Direction of Rev. Madison C. Peters, D. D., Eminent New York Divine - A Remarkable Historical, Educational and Scenic Creation Marked by Correct and Elaborate Costuming and Revealing Profound Study and Research of Tradition.
NOTHING has been attempted by producers of motion pictures, here or abroad, that will excell the highly ambitious undertaking of the Vitagraph Company of America, about to be presented to lovers of motion pictures in the "Life of Moses" which will appear in a series of five reels beginning December 4, 1909. In the biblical history of the World, if we eliminate the divinity of Christ, there is no one personality which stands out so prominently as that of Moses, the liberator and lawgiver of his race. The bible story of this great man is profoundly interesting and filled with events of the highest dramatic value, especiaily well adapted to the requirements of motion picture art. The rich costuming and the pageantry of the East afford untold opportunities for the picture maker to display his skill, and the scenes to be simulated are wonderfully grand and aweinspiring.
Enhancing these dramatic and scenic values is the Divine inspiration which clothes the subject, commanding the most profound reverence of all civilized people. This attribute raises the subject away above the commonplace of picture effort and places no mean responsibility upon the producer.
The Vitagraph Company has approached its task with a full recognition of this phase of the work and the result as shown in the pictures so far completed, is dignified and reverential, fully in keeping with the grandeur which is assoclated with the career of Moses.
Assisting the Vitagraph producers in every step of this important work has been the Rev. Dr. Madison C. Peters. A profound student of biblical lore, Dr. Peters has brought his wide knowledge into play in perfecting the details of the production and his connection with that work is a sufficient guarantee of historical exactness fn the matter of costuming and scenic effects. The producers have also drawn upon many of the world's greatest artists for the most approved conceptions of scenes to be portrayed. Among these are to be found the names of Briton Riviere, R. A.; Edwin A. Abbey, R. A.; Tissot, Alma-Tadema, R. A.; Gerome, Dore, Israels, Constant, Chavannes and many others equally noteworthy. From the array of talent that has been drawn upon it is evident that the Vitagraph producers have procured the most complete and authentic data obtainable.
In treating a subject of such important magnitude in an adequate manner the Vitagraph producers divided the work into a series of five reels of about 1,000 feet in length each. These will be released at convenient periods from two to three weeks apart.
Source: The Film Index
Part 1. The Persecution of the Children of Israel by the Egyptians.
Part 2. Forty Years in the Land of Midian
Part 3. The Plagues of Egypt and the Deliverance of the Hebrews
Part 4. The Victory of Israel.
This issue shows the journeyings of the children of Israel in the Wilderness and the many marvelous provisions for their protection and deliverance. It is a revelation of the possibilities of scenic effects as produced by Vitagraph art; the reproduction of things heard of, but never before seen since their actual occurrence.
This reel is convincing, not only on account of the extreme care in the details involved and the clearness which the facts are portrayed, but it is a beautiful picture-play of an historical drama.
Part 5. The Promised Land.
This is the end of "The Life of Moses" and the wanderings of the children of Israel in the Wildernes. A film of rare beauty, displaying the various branches of vitagraphic art and skill.