Movie 10min

The Woman of Samaria (1910)

Original title: La samaritane
Not rated.

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Facts
Director Henri Desfontaines
Countries France Italy
Language Italian
Titles
(Original) La samaritana
(Original) La samaritane
Production
Distribution
(USA, 1910) General Film Company
Other
(USA Import) Pathé Frères
Categories
Based on the Bible Biblical Drama Black and White Drama Jesus Christ Jesus Miracles Messiah Redemption Samaritan Woman Short Silent Film Women
Descriptions

This film from "Film d’Arte Italiana" a Pathé company, is about the Samaritan woman that Jesus meets at Jacob's well. We follow the story from the bible in 14 tableaux. It begins with Jesus performing miracles in Jerusalem, and from there he travels to a town in Samaria where Jesus meets the woman and asks her for a drink. She first refuses, but when she gets to know that Jesus is the Messiah, she runs to the city and tells everyone to bring them to hear Jesus.

The film was first released and shown in Paris, June 10th, and then distributed to various countries. There is no trace of the film having a screening in Italy where it was made.


The scenes open with Jesus in the act of performing miracles before leaving Jerusalem with His disciples. He passes through Samaria, where the people mock both Him and His followers, and finally He comes to Jacob's well. Here, wearied with His journey, he seats Himself, while the disciples go into the town to buy food. To the well also comes a Samaritan woman to draw water, end Jesus asks her to moisten His parched lips. The woman at first refuses, protesting that the Samaritans can have no dealings with the Jews, but the words of the Stranger proving to her that she is speaking to the Messiah, she raises her pitcher so that He may drink. She then runs into the city to announce the news, afterwards returning to the well to beg Jesus to accompany her to her own people, whose slower moving feet she has outstripped. Jesus complies, and the Samaritans, whose mockery and incredulity die away on their lips as they perceive the Messiah, acclaim Him joyfully.

Source: Moving Picture World

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Cast
Achille Vitti - Jesus
Bianca de Crescenzo - The Samaritan Woman
Crew
Henri Desfontaines - Director