Lucien Nonguet

La vie et la passion de Jésus Christ
R: Lucien Nonguet / Ferdinand Zecca. P: Pathé. Fr 1903
Dutch titles, Engl. subtitles

“La Vie et la passion de Jesus Christ is a 1903 French silent film directed by Lucien Nonguet and Ferdinand Zecca, and is believed to be the first feature film to have colorized sequences. Colorization was achieved using the Pathécolor/Pathéchrome stencil-based film tinting process, which had been invented around 1903 by Pathé Freres, one of the most important and innovative film companies in history. The film itself is a straightforward telling of the story of Jesus Christ, but does include some events usually omitted in films about Christ, like the Transfiguration. La Vie is filmed using a single camera mostly kept still in front of the set and capturing the actors and action as it unfolds. The only known cast members are Madame Moreau as Virgin Mary and Monsieur Moreau as Joseph.”

Les Martyrs Chrétiens
R: Lucien Nonguet. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1905
German titles

“(…) throughout 1905 – 1906, Pathé’s biblical films seem to have taken precedence over its historical films, perhaps in response to the Catholic Church’s increasing interest in the cinema for educational purposes. In their deployment of autonomous LS tableaux (recorded from an eye-level camera). however, both, La Regne de Louis XIV et Les Martyrs Chrétiens equally exemplify Pathé’s now standardized system of representation within the latter two genres.”
Richard Abel: The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914. Updated and Expanded Edition. University of California Press 1998, p. 162

La révolution en Russie
R: Lucien Nonguet. P: Pathé. Fr 1905

TRAUM UND EXZESS, p. 153, p. 206