The Nativity (1910)

The Nativity Poster
Original Title: La nativité
Type: Short
Genre: Drama, Short
Runtime: 14 Minutes
Release Date: 11 Nov 1910 (France)
Is Adult: No
None, French
Rated: n/A
Louis Feuillade
Renée Carl, Nadette Darson, Alice Tissot  »


Silent tableaux depicting the birth of Christ in a barn and King Herod's attempt to have him killed, following the story in the Gospel.


Louis Feuillade's retelling of the birth of Christ tells a different story than we're used to. When the Magi tells King Herod of the birth foretold, Herod first sends his emissaries and then orders the death of the Christ child. Produced as part of the series "Le Film esthétique," which promised audiences films that were "visual first and foremost, not theatrical," THE NATIVITY is part religious spectacle and part Biblical thriller, produced on lavish sets that gave Feuillade the opportunity to stage scenes in deep focus. The shepherds, following the star of Bethlehem, enter from the background and advance toward the camera to take their place in the tableau around the manger, a device he returned to in his hit serial FANTOMAS. Feuillade and Gaumont were sued by painter Luc Olivier Merson, who accused them of plagiarizing his tableau "Le Repos en Egypte," which if nothing else inspired the unexpected final shot of THE NATIVITY. - Sean Axmaker

Details (General)

  • AKA (Also Known As)

    The Nativity (World-wide, English title)

  • Company

    Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont

  • Country


  • Certification

    United States:Not Rated

  • Details (Technical)

  • Aspect Ratio

    1.33 : 1

  • Color

    Black and White

  • Sound Mix