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The Beggar Maid (1921)

The painter Burne-Jones and his famed painting "The Beggar Maid" are depicted in this speculative drama about the creation of the painting. Burne-Jones plays matchmaker for a young British ... See full summary »

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The painter Burne-Jones and his famed painting "The Beggar Maid" are depicted in this speculative drama about the creation of the painting. Burne-Jones plays matchmaker for a young British nobleman who has fallen in love with a servant girl on his estate. The artist shows that love can thrive between members of different classes by depicting on canvas a picture from Tennyson's poem about the love of King Cophetua for a beggar maid. As he relates the story of the poem in words and through his painting, the young earl sees the application to his own situation. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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25 September 1921 (USA)  »

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Beautiful but still
25 February 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This silent movie, its story constructed around the famous Sir Edward Cole Burne-Jones painting, which in turn was based on the Tennyson poem, is a fair, if pedestrian romantic story about a rich lord (played by Reginald Denny) who loves a poor tenant (played by a Mary Astor so young she hasn't quite lost all her baby fat), who are brought together by the artist painting the picture. The compositions of the individual shots are beautiful -- parts of it were shot on Louis Comfort Tiffany's country home -- but the piece is very static. I can only conclude that Herbert Blache's technique was not up to anything more and this increasingly out-of-date technique would, eventually, result in the end of his career by the end of the decade.


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