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The Sealed Room 1909

  • D.W. Griffith
  • September 2, 1909
  • 11 mins
  • English
  • Horror
Suggested by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", the king constructs a cozy, windowless love-nest for himself and his concubine. However, she is not faithful to her sovereign, but consorts with the court troubadour. In fact, they use the king's new play chamber for their trysts. When the king discovers this, he sends for his masons. With the faithless duo still inside, the masons use stone and mortar to quietly seal the only door to the vault. The two lovers suffocate and the film ends.

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Nice to see an early D W Griffiths film (I saw it on the Internet Archive). Although it's silent, there's clearly a plot hole - they can't "hear" the king raving with jealousy when there's just a curtain there, yet later on when there's a brick wall, he can hear them perfectly. Hmm...

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