Production info

USA, 1911

Mary Fuller, Marc MacDermott, Miriam Nesbitt
Directed by Oscar Apfel, J. Searle Dawley


"It seems scarcely necessary to repeat the story, the scene of which is laid in Egypt, and begins when Aida, the Ethiopian princess, who is a prisoner in the hands of the Egyptians, is given as a slave to Amneris, the daughter of the Egyptian king, and wins the affection of Radames, lover. The story ends with the death of Radames, who is buried alive?Amneris for treason, in disclosing to Aida the plans for an Egyptian campaign against Ethiopia. When he enters the stone tomb which is to be sealed up with him inside he finds Aida already awaiting him there, proving her great love, by choosing to die with him. There are numerous interesting scenes reproducing life at the ancient court of Egypt." (source: The Moving Picture World)

A 12 minute film by Edison. The film premiered May 6, 1911 with live Aida music. Contemporary critics thought it a magnificent reproduction of the opera.

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