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The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “The action in each of the five sets was photographed from a single camera position. All entrances and exits of the many actors, in seventeenth-century costumes, are from camera left. The story is about a rich and powerful member of the aristocracy who wants to marry his daughter to a politically suitable man although she is in love with a poor man. The poor suitor is incarcerated on false charges of being a traitor. His sweetheart disguises herself as a boy and attempts to rescue him, but she is caught. She then attempts to die in his place and again her identity is discovered. Her father, the duke, relents and, as the picture ends, the poor-but-honest suitor and the duke’s daughter are being married.”
       Interiors were filmed at the Biograph studio at 11 East 14th Street in New York City.
       An advertisement in the 12 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World billed this film as “A Fruitless Attempt to Separate Kindred ... More Less

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “The action in each of the five sets was photographed from a single camera position. All entrances and exits of the many actors, in seventeenth-century costumes, are from camera left. The story is about a rich and powerful member of the aristocracy who wants to marry his daughter to a politically suitable man although she is in love with a poor man. The poor suitor is incarcerated on false charges of being a traitor. His sweetheart disguises herself as a boy and attempts to rescue him, but she is caught. She then attempts to die in his place and again her identity is discovered. Her father, the duke, relents and, as the picture ends, the poor-but-honest suitor and the duke’s daughter are being married.”
       Interiors were filmed at the Biograph studio at 11 East 14th Street in New York City.
       An advertisement in the 12 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World billed this film as “A Fruitless Attempt to Separate Kindred Souls.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB2
p. 167.
BPL
pp. 124-125.
EMP
p. 85.
LCMP
p. 17, column 1.
LCPP
p. 182.
Moving Picture News
12 Feb 1910
p. 15tl.
Moving Picture World
12 Feb 1910
p. 222ta, 223ts, 230tl.
NFAC3
p. 171.
The Daily Worker
p. 73.
Treasures from the Film Archives
p. 266.
Variety
19 Feb 1910
tr.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1910
Copyright Claimant:
Biograph Co.
Copyright Date:
12 February 1910
Copyright Number:
J138229
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
985
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

“Love laughs at locksmiths, surmounts obstacles, derides opposition, braves dangers, and in fact dominates every material and spiritual force. One may as well attempt to alter the course of the moon as to effectually tear asunder two hearts that pulsate in unison. This Biograph subject shows to what extreme a sweetheart will go for the one she loves. It meant the yielding of her very life to save him, and such an act of daring should and will reap reward, for fate, although capricious, is just. Fiametta, the daughter of the Duke de Boisettte, is sought by Raoul, a young nobleman. Raoul, being the scion of a noble but impoverished house, his suit met with disfavor by the Duke, who has other plans. The young people, however, deeply love each other, and cunning are the many stratagems they devise to meet clandestinely. On one occasion, he meets a couple of peddlers, and bargains with them to attire himself as one of them and go to the palace in that guise. His disguise is penetrated by the Duke, who has him ejected. These subtle moves induce the Duke to scheme to get rid of Raoul. But he, being of noble birth, the Duke dare not do so blatantly, hence, he summons several of his loyal guards, and concocts a most unique plan. They are to arrange a false conspiracy against the Duke, and have one of the men reveal it accidentally to Raoul. Raoul will, of course, report it, anxious to gain the Duke’s favor, and he will send Raoul to secure names and facts. They will discover in him a traitor at the meeting and dispose of him summarily. ... +


“Love laughs at locksmiths, surmounts obstacles, derides opposition, braves dangers, and in fact dominates every material and spiritual force. One may as well attempt to alter the course of the moon as to effectually tear asunder two hearts that pulsate in unison. This Biograph subject shows to what extreme a sweetheart will go for the one she loves. It meant the yielding of her very life to save him, and such an act of daring should and will reap reward, for fate, although capricious, is just. Fiametta, the daughter of the Duke de Boisettte, is sought by Raoul, a young nobleman. Raoul, being the scion of a noble but impoverished house, his suit met with disfavor by the Duke, who has other plans. The young people, however, deeply love each other, and cunning are the many stratagems they devise to meet clandestinely. On one occasion, he meets a couple of peddlers, and bargains with them to attire himself as one of them and go to the palace in that guise. His disguise is penetrated by the Duke, who has him ejected. These subtle moves induce the Duke to scheme to get rid of Raoul. But he, being of noble birth, the Duke dare not do so blatantly, hence, he summons several of his loyal guards, and concocts a most unique plan. They are to arrange a false conspiracy against the Duke, and have one of the men reveal it accidentally to Raoul. Raoul will, of course, report it, anxious to gain the Duke’s favor, and he will send Raoul to secure names and facts. They will discover in him a traitor at the meeting and dispose of him summarily. The scheme works. A soldier at the inn, pretending drunkenness, drops a letter calling for action to crush the Duke. Raoul finds it and hastens to the Duke with the intelligence, who sends him to the place designated in the letter. Fiametta has overheard enough to alarm her, so she determines to warn him of his danger. Realizing that she must not be recognized at the inn, she bargains with her page for a suit of his clothes. Disguised as a boy, she enters the tap-room and tries to persuade Raoul from his mission. He is adamant, for to shirk his duty would brand him a coward. Unable to shake his determination, she drops a sleeping potion in his drink, and taking his mask and cloak, goes to put herself in his place. She is, of course, mistaken for Raoul, and would have been despatched, had he not been revived by the landlord, and assuming the truth of the situation, rushes to her rescue, at the same time sending word to the Duke. When the Duke appreciates the extent of her love for Raoul, he hands her over to him with his paternal blessing”—12 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World +

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