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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. " eyes grow 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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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:35:00 / 01:12:41:00
    EP 295
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    EP 295
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    Fin de Siecle Diva Culture
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