This film is incongruously dramatic in its portrayal of diplomatic indiscretions, between officials from the US and Japan, over those Parisian showgirls... This silent film's date is 1914! The print I saw, at the Museum of Modern Art, was rather minimalist in title cards. After a lengthy expressive discussion followed a quick summary on the title card. The storytelling is mostly visual. Imagine the sound of the actor's voices, and then imagine what they are saying.
Where is the Typhoon in Paris? It may be a reference to the Japanese source for the word, which is "taifu." The story degenerates into a tremendous waste of manpower, so to speak. Though it looked great, it could have been kinder to its cultural references.
By the way, in general, the surviving print of this movie contained a breathtaking amount of visual information, more than what we see in today's films. There was no cropping, no soundtrack; in silent films the camera filled the entire 35mm film frame with a photo-image.
Update: September 15th. The Typhoon is one of the films featuring a great romantic leading actor, Sessue Hayakawa. In the films I saw at the Museum of Modern Art last night, Mr. Hayakawa called to mind Elvis Presley. (The Museum showed French titled fragments from "The Hidden Pearls," an Eastman House restoration of "The Dragon Painter," and finally, "The Tong Man," produced by his own production company Haworth Pictures. You may already be familiar with this actor who was the other protagonist in "Bridge on the River Kwai.")
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