Jeanne Dore

(Louis Mercanton, 1915) Music compiled and arranged by Max Winkler

Starring the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, who appeared in very few films, this film is about a young man who murders his uncle. His mother (Bernhardt) finds out and tries to help him escape, but eventually he is caught. In one scene Sarah Bernhardt sees her brother’s blood in the washbasin in her son’s room and the blood on his jacket. An expression of gradually deepening horror comes over her face and gives some idea of why she was so highly regarded as an actress.


Performing forces
11 players (2 violins, cello, bass, flute/piccolo, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion/tympani, piano, synthesizer)
Performing forces
42 players (strings: 7,7,6,5,4; flute/piccolo, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 trumpets, 2 French horns, trombone, percussion, tympani, piano.)
Rehearsals One 2 1/2 hour rehearsal
One 2 1/2 hour tech rehearsal
One 2 1/2 hour dress rehearsal
Performance time 90 minutes. No intermission
Film speed 16 frames per second
Film source Cinemateque française
artwork:Lidia Bagnoli