MARTYRS CHRETIENS (1905)
aka Christian Martyrs, Belshazzar’s Feast
Article 4820 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Lucien Nonguet
What it is: Biblical scenes
Various Bible scenes are depicted, mostly ones with lions.
This one entered my hunt list as BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST, though that was only one episode of this movie; that’s probably because it was the only part of the movie at the time that was considered extant. I do find its real title rather deceptive; there are four segments to the short, and only in one of them does it look like a Christian is dying. The first scene has a man tussling with a lion, and the action mostly makes me suspect that the man was a lion tamer doing his act. The second scene is where a man is killed by a lion, but I”m not sure who he’s supposed to be. The third scene has Daniel in the lion’s den, and with the appearance of the angel, it’s the first one that has any real fantastic content. The most striking fantastic content comes in the Belshazzar section, in which a giant hand appears and writes on the wall, though I couldn’t read what he wrote. The short is competently done, but I’m afraid I wasn’t particularly impressed with it.