Samson et Dalila (1902)

France, 1902
6m, 459 feet/140 metres
35mm film, hand coloured black and white, 1.33:1

A French fantasy film directed by Ferdinand Zecca. Only three scenes are known to survive.

Plot Summary

Samson is sentenced to death in the city of Gaza. He sleeps until midnight then makes his escape. But he falls in love with the Philistine woman Delila and let’s slip the secret of his great strength – being a Nazarite he has never cut his hair. Waiting until Samson is asleep, Delila cuts off his seven locks and Samson is robbed of his strength.


Director: Ferdinand Zecca
Pathé Frères
Hand Colouring: Segundo de Chomón

Alternative Titles

Samson and Delilah – US title
Sansón y Dalila – Spanish title



  • Quaderni di Cinema no.37 (January/March 1988) p.81 – note