- Title: CF173
FEATURE FILM: USA, 1916, BW
KEYWORDS: Babylon, castle siege, chariot, battering ram, decadent feast, battle scenes
Mae Marsh & Robert Harron
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Screen opens on a mother gently rocking her cradle, a faint light shines on the cradle from above. Three masked people sit in a huddle in BG.
Great shot of fashionable, high class club, high society with people dancing in BG, women wearing fabulous costume feathers in there hair. Man and woman leave hand in hand.
Great ballroom scene, MS woman holding her face in pained expression.
CU chickens behind wire mesh, girl brings hamper to man, does little comic dance before running away from camera.
MS of large number of men in overalls going to work, great shots of crowd of workmen entering factory.
Busy market reconstruction in Jerusalem lots of people bustling around, traders, woman cradling baby in doorway.
Reconstruction of 16th Century Paris, interior courtroom the King slouches on is thrown. PAN RIGHT across banquet hall with large number of guests. Young boy in costume yawns.
CU of young woman’s eyes.
GVs nice early 20th Century dance hall, ribbons hang from the ceiling, couples dance around hall.
Chauffeur driven car, CU hand holding a shiny penny.
Couples dancing around in circle in dance hall.
Nice GVs of reconstruction of Babylon, PAN LEFT across statues, traders, CU young woman looking upset stares longingly into the camera. Epic reconstruction of Babylon. High production values for a silent movie. Comic moment as woman hits man she thinks has been flirting with her.
MCU bearded warrior brandishes sword.
MS huge procession enter fortress. Fantastic set designs. MS Babylonian courtroom scene.
Huge crowd of workers complain and strike. Industrial politics.
Good riot footage, crowd violence, demonstrations. MS of army lining up to stop protesters, nice shot of soldiers loading rifles, while lying on the ground.
MS young woman cries out in horror, turns and runs away. MS man in suit using old-fashioned telephone. Great shots of demonstrators, rioters shaking fists men in no uniforms take firing positions and fire on demonstrators.
MS young man cradles his dying father on the ground.
MS a drunken man staggers down the pavement towards camera.
MS young man in scruffy suit mugs drunken man lying in doorway. Crime.
CU hand being balled into a fist.
MS young woman looks longingly towards camera.
GVs of stunningly attractive maidens relax in the love temple.
Beishazzar The King of Babylon embraces Istar. Romantic embrace. GVs of girls dancing, frolicking around the temple set.
MCU young woman delicately tending to her flower, looks excitedly at it when she discovers a new shoot. Funny facial mannerisms.
MS man enters room in dirty overalls, depression, poor family. MS boy and girl flirt with each other as husband watches on.
MS young woman practices walking like a flirtatious woman. Comic situation.
MS young man caresses young woman’s arm. Flirting. The man grabs the girl and pulls her into an embrace. She tries to fight him off. Comic situation. The father turns up and begins rolling up his sleeves in confrontation. The father hits the young woman and makes her pray for forgiveness. Young woman embraces father. Look of sorrow on the young woman’s face.
MCU of young man crying. Good emotion shots. Pained expression on young woman’s face.
Wedding ceremony, fancy costumes. MS man whom looks like Jesus stands under archway. Two men in robes give conspiratorial glances at man in white robe. Jesus turns water into wine.
MS nice shot of couple in flamboyant dress getting married, sharing drink.
MS man in period costume looking sideways out the corner of his eye at young woman. MS young girl eating apple and looking up at father. MCU baby in cot.
MS young girl throws piece of apple at man, while father continues to read. Comic situation.
Man and woman in silhouette walk away from camera, ship in BG. Romantic.
MS young woman looking excited and nervous. Man and woman sheepishly kiss then she slams the door on him. Comedy, comic moment.
MS men in robes and beards discuss, great moment when men all stand with rocks about to stone a young woman. Jesus says to them “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Cut to the crowd and they all begin dropping their rocks. Comic moment.
Nice shot of Jesus with outstretched hand. MS young woman bowing before him.
MS women being arrested by police, marched into back of van. Prostitutes being arrested.
MCU of smug women’s faces. MCU old ugly man’s face chewing. MCU two smug suited men.
MS men sit around table, one man pull bottles of beer from his trousers. Comic situation as police men appear at window and take the bottles of beer from the table. Prohibition.
MS three men stand around illegal distillery. Home-made alcohol.
MS young woman shows young man how to prey. Pushes his face upwards, teaches him the lords pray. MS young man tosses gun away, indicating to his boss that he’s through with old life. Two men fight. Man arrested by police. Frame, frame up.
Interior 1916 jail, prison population.
Ceremonial procession in Babylon. Men in Babylon costume, strange mannerisms.
Shot of Babylonian army, nice shots of catapults being loaded, siege of Babylon. MCU archers. CU baby smiling, nice shot, MCU man behind bars at prison, jail.
MCU smiling baby. Women argue over the mother being fit for to raise her baby. Angry mother remonstrates. Threatens women with brush.
MS woman holding baby, look of horror on her face.
MCU of woman’s hand stretching out to a baby sock. Emotional. Jesus stands among crowd.
Great shot of nurses dancing together in hospital infirmary. Comic situation.
MCU young woman looking threw window and happy family, mad look on her face. Smiling insanely. Smiling toddler.
Nice shot of men on horseback in period costume ride towards camera. LA shot of men being thrown from castle walls.
MCU man dying in street, murdered.
Great shot of bearded warrior on chariot.
MS of bearded man examining armour.
Great shot of men banging large drums and men blowing trumpets. Large scale battle sequence. Chariots, armies fighting, Babylonian army. Catapults, cross bows, siege towers.
Nice shot of crowd bowing and preying to Ishtar. MS soldier firing arrows. Great battle sequence, fall of Babylon, large scale fighting. CU battering ram hitting wall.
- Master Title:CF173