Also Known as The Agony of Byzantium
Louis Feuillade stages one of the most important events in history: the fall of Ottomansin 1453 by which the Ottomans put an end to Christian domination. The film is particularly ambitious for the time: some scenes feature hundreds of extras, several sets are used and the costumes are very tailored. A symphonic music was even composed by Henri Février to be played by an orchestra of one hundred musicians and large organ during the projection at the Gaumont Palace (1). Feuillade manages to master this great production, including in combat scenes. Everything is filmed at the height of man and in fixed camera (main technical limitation at that time) which forced to use many tricks so that all the action takes place in the frame. Some important historical points are present like those gigantic cannons (of which only the end is visible) which allowed the assailants to pierce the walls. The Agony of Byzantium is one of the most glorious historical films of its time.
Director: Louis Feuillade
Writer: Louis Feuillade (scenario)
Stars: Luitz-Morat, Georges Melchior, Albert Reusy