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Alexandre Dumas fils (by)
June Mathis (written for the screen by)
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26 September 1921 (USA) See more »
A courtesan and an idealistic young man fall in love, only for her to give up the relationship at his status-conscious father's request. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ray C. Smallwood 
Writing credits
Alexandre Dumas fils (by)

June Mathis (written for the screen by)

Original Music by
Peter Vantine (2002)
Cinematography by
Rudolph J. Bergquist (photographed by) (as R.J. Bergquist)
Art Direction by
Natacha Rambova  (as Natasha Rambova)
Costume Design by
Natacha Rambova (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur F. Rice .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mark Northam .... special thanks (2002 alternate version)
Don B. Ray .... special thanks (2002 alternate version) (as Don Ray)
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USA:70 min (2002 alternate version) | USA:72 min (20.7 fps)
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (1923) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The film contains many before their time innovations. These include: Marguerite's high "afro" wig in the theatre scene at the beginning, an open fire pit set in the middle of her living room, and doors that open automatically at approach.See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Exquisite masterpiece - deserves resurrection., 25 October 1999
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

This much maligned movie is actually one of the best movies of the early twenties. Of course it's hard to not compare any "Camille" to the definitive Garbo film, but this is a magnificent example of a more flamboyant, but no less brilliant, performing style. Nazimova, considered one of the greatest actresses of her day, is superb as Magueritte - her passion and vitality are explosive. Her quieter moments, eg playing with the camellias after deciding to leave Armand, are heart-breaking. She also looks sensational, with huge hair and outrageous gowns. And Valentino, looking divine, matches her perfectly. Rarely was he so subtle and warm in his playing. He certainly out-classes Robert Taylor. Then there is the art direction of the soon to be Madame Valentino Natacha Rambova. She is usually blamed for nearly ruining her husband's career, but her set and costume designs here are nothing short of revolutionary. She brings a European like expressionism to the film that is unforgettable. I suspect she was a genius who was never allowed to truly fly.

I urge you to see this film - I think it should be revived theatrically. It was certainly ahead of its time.

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