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    No title. L/S of a stage scene. The Divine Sarah Bernhardt lies in a sick bed covered with animal skin throws. She gesticulates, speaking to a man who sits at a desk beside her. Another man arrives and Sarah says "Albert - my brother! forgive me..." The three characters stand in the room looking very serious. C/U of the brother - actor not recognised by this cataloguer. Sarah says "I helped Genevieve because I loved her...she was miserable and I so wanted to see her happy....even with another...before I died." L/S of the set - the brother considers his words. C/U of the other man who sits and glares. L/S of the three of them who are motionless until Sarah throws her arms wide in a gesture of despair. She puts her hand on her heart and implores her brother for forgiveness. M/S of Sarah begging her brother to forgive her. He eventually succumbs and they embrace. Sarah holds her head and cries. The brother sits heavily in a chair and wipes his eyes. The other man rushes to the bedside. "Albert, I had a letter from her this morning...she says she is happy at last..." says Sarah. She holds the letter in her hand, then hands it to her brother. "...my eyes grow dim...read it to me before I go..." Albert stands and reads the letter. C/U of him as he mouths the words. C/U of the letter. It is in French. There is a dissolve to the same letter in English. The text reads as follows (unreadable words are marked with an asterisk): "My dear Daniel, The words I write do not * express my eternal gratitude to you, dear friend, for helping my love and myself enter that Paradise of joy I dreamed of - but alas, never saw - during the past two unhappy years - Your noble self-sacrifice must..." (presumably the letter continues on the other side of the page.) L/S of the brother continuing to read the letter as Sarah makes melodramatic gestures then collapses. M/S of the first man trying to revive her - she is dead. "But there was no ending for Daniel... the gates had opened wide and his soul had passed beyond." C/U of the brother looking shocked. He falls to his knees.

    Note: although listed as "Unknown Play" in paperwork this is almost certainly an extract from "Daniel" starring Sarah Bernhardt. See record for EP310 "Madame Sarah Bernhardt in "Daniel"

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    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    Media URN:
    36614
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    1004.04
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:04:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:35:00 / 01:12:41:00
    Canister:
    EP 295
    Sort Number:
    EP 295
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    Fin de Siecle Diva Culture
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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