Film: 2707

Feature Drama | 1900 | Silent | B/W


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Marcus Lycinius is the cruel patrician who loves Livia who scorns his affection. Woman dancing dressed in flowing dress. People surround her, some people are playing instruments. Dancer falls into a spectator's arms, they kiss, a fight breaks out: a Roman orgy?? There is much pleading and arm waving. The male aggressor leaves, the dancer begins to dance again. Outside a man tied to a pillar is being whipped, Livia in the background is distraught. Children plead with her. The whipped man is released, he thanks her. Lycinius begins to woo Livia. He wears an ancient Roman outfit and she a long robe. She rejects him with waving arms and he goes to attack her but a large woman intervenes. She is thrown to the floor. There is much pointing and melodramatic acting as the large woman is sent away (she hides behind one of the columns) as Livia attempts to leave. Lycinius continues to woo her. He blows her a kiss. The large woman runs down from her hiding place (she is apparently jealous) and follows Livia. It is quite obvious that Livia is being followed, but not to Livia. Livia joins crazy Christians outside a cave and they all reach out their arms before entering the cave. The jealous woman looks on, speaks to one of the sect and is told that Livia is a Christian. She does some chest beating and panting and then runs off to tell Lycinius. She looks for him outside a house by placing her hand to her forehead but eventually goes into the house where Lycinius is sitting reading. She tells him the news, he puts his hands on his head, throws the woman to the floor and runs out of the room. Crowd of Romans, a dignitary in a long white toga stands at the top of some steps. Lycinius enters and gives him a note. Livia is denounced as a Christian. The crowd raises its arms. An armed guard appears and marches off with Lycinius. Cut to cave and a group of Roman soldiers with spears. The soldiers hide, the Christians come out of cave, Livia and her colleagues are arrested. Procession of Christians with Livia at its head walking. The Christians keep stopping to raise their arms but the soldiers guarding them are having none of it and keep them moving by pointing a lot. Livia thrown into dungeon. She lands on floor, soldiers laugh. She weeps. Lycinius enters, they talk. There is much gesticulating for no apparent reason. He holds her. An angel appears and disappears. He is converted to Christianity. He runs out of dungeon and confesses faith to the Roman dignitary. More hands are raised. Lycinius beats his chest. He is taken away by armed guard to the dungeon. The soldiers point up the steps, he points up the step and then walks up the steps. Inside the Christians are praying, Lycinius is thrown in with them. They all begin to pray, Lycinius is baptised. Livia and Lycinius are manacled together and led off where a crowd is in uproar. Their outer clothes are removed by soldiers, the crowd continues to move manically. The End. (Presumably they are killed).

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