When Kings Were the Law (1912)

  |  Drama, Short

Over the Kingdom of Romanda there reigned a King who was greatly influenced by his favorite, whom he devotedly loved. He presents her with a necklace of fabulous worth and enjoins that she ... See full summary »

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19 November 2016 | deickemeyer
The early scenes, while clearly dramatic, are much weaker
A picture in the costumes of the period of Louis XIII, when Richelieu was a power in France. The king of this picture is not Louis, but has a very dim likeness to him; the picture's cardinal is even less like the great Richelieu, yet the picture, throughout, strongly suggests that time and court. It has a very strong last scene, in which the king has his "favorite" and his cousin entombed alive together, because he suspects them, unjustly. But the early scenes, while clearly dramatic, are much weaker. The scenes and backgrounds pass very well for Versailles and its courts and fountains. The acting is graceful and competent. There are many figures. These, with its thrilling, but happily ending climax, make it a desirable picture. The photographs are very good indeed. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912

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