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Les amours de la Reine Elisabeth
(The Loves of Queen Elizabeth)
Also known as Queen Elizabeth in the USA : [La Reine Elisabeth]
(1912) French-American
B&W : Four reels
Directed by Louis Mercanton and Henri Desfontaines

Cast: Sarah Bernhardt [Queen Elizabeth], Lou Tellegen [James Devereaux, the Earl of Essex], Mademoiselle Romaine [the Countess of Nottingham], [?] Monsieur Decoeur or Monsieur Piron? [?] [Sir Francis Drake or Captain Drake]?, Monsieur Maxudian [the Earl of Nottingham], [?] Monsieur Chameroy or Monsiuer Durozat? [Lord Bacon], Madame Boulanger [the gypsy fortune teller], Monsieur Denenbourg [William Shakespeare], Marie-Louise Dorval

L’Histrionic Film production. / Produced by Louis Mercanton. Scenario by Émile Moreau, from the play Les amours de la Reine Elizabeth by Émile Moreau. Costume design by Paul Poiret. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The production was shot in Paris, France. During production, the French production company was forced into liquidation by Compagnie Genérale des Établissements Pathé Frères Phonographes & Cinématographes; Adolph Zukor provided the necessary financing to complete the production. Distributed in the United States on State Rights basis by Famous Players Film Company in July 1912 [their first film release]. USA premiere on 12 July 1912 at the Lyceum Theatre in New York, New York.

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Museum of Modern Art film archive; and in the Library of Congress film archive [16mm reduction positive, unknown gauge negative].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: British - Royalty: Queens - United Kingdom: England: London

Listing updated: 5 January 2010.

References: Amberg-NYTimes p. xii; Ball-Shakespeare pp. 149, 151, 341, 389; Bardèche-History pp. 45, 66, 133; Blum-Silent pp. 26, 27; Bohn-Light pp. xix, 37, 71; Brownlow-Parade p. 344; Carroll-Matinee pp. 94-95; Everson-American pp. 58, 368; Fell-History pp. 20, 59, 67; Gallagher-Ford p. 32; Kerr-Silent p. 57; Lahue-Collecting pp. 20, 27; Leyda-Before p. 61; Limbacher-Feature p. 196; Maeder-Hollywood p. 86; McCaffrey-Guide p. 7; Menefee-Bernhardt pp. 1, 2, 3, 7-8, 28, 34, 35, 38, 89, 92-94, 109-117, 151, 154; Robinson-Palace pp. 136, 138, 144, 174; Shirley-Australian p. 19; Sinyard-Silent pp. 16, 17; Sklar-Movie pp. 42, 44, 55; Tarbox-Lost pp. 95, 96; Thompson-Lost p. ix; Webb-Hollywood p. 20.

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