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Red Lily (1924)

Passed | | Drama | 8 September 1924 (USA)
Two young lovers escape their past lives to Paris until fate separates them.

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In the French provincial town of Vivonne, Jean Leonnec, the son of Mayor Hugo Leonnec, and Marise La Noue, the daughter of a cobbler, were childhood sweethearts, they who are largely oblivious to anything or anyone else around them when they are together in their continued love for each other. His father does not approve of the relationship because of their class differences. When her father passes away leaving her impoverished, Jean and Marise decide to run off to Paris together and get married against his father's wishes. Once in Paris, they are separated out of circumstance, each believing their separation the result of a different reason which may or may not be reality. In addition to searching for each other, they have to survive in unfamiliar surroundings. Beyond actually finding each other, they getting together again as a couple may be affected by their individual experiences in Paris, which fundamentally changes each as a person. Written by Huggo

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A young man of wealth has been disinherited by his father for falling in love with a girl of poor parents and has fled with her to Paris. They lose each other there, and are drawn into the underworld. Years later the man, now a thief sought by the police, is lured into the room of a woman of the streets. In her room he recognizes the lost sweetheart of his youth. At the same instant she realizes that this disreputable gamin before her is the lost idol of her dreams. The final reunion of the lovers makes a climax of unutterable suspense. See more »

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The IMDb credited cast list is based on the 2005 alternate version. That print's credits, however, may have been modified to include Rosita Marstini and Sidney Franklin, both of whom were omitted in the published cast list in The New York Times review of 29 September 1924. See more »

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Bo-Bo: You're wasting your time, Nana. He's still looking for a wench with the face of an Angel!
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Excellent silent tragedy
30 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two young people Jean (Ramon Novarro) and Marise (Enid Bennett) are in love but too young to marry. They go to Paris hoping to get married there. While in Paris they both get separated. Jean becomes a hardened criminal hunted by the police. Marise becomes drug addicted and a prostitute (implied). Will they ever see each other and what will become of them?

This seems to have been a lost film until TCM showed it a few days ago. It's beautifully restored with a tinted print and a brand new (and quite impressive) music score. The acting and direction are excellent. Novarro is just stunning--a very beautiful man and quite an actor. It's easy to see why he was so popular in his day. Bennett is likewise beautiful and ALMOST as good as Novarro (she was a little too goody-goody for me at the beginning). When the two of their lives fall apart it's incredible. They don't just act different, they LOOK different (Bennett especially). It's really heartbreaking to see what happens to these two innocent kids. I missed the very end (it ran longer than TCM had listed) but my guess is that it wasn't happy! UPDATE: I saw the whole thing and it does give us a happy (it totally unbelievable) ending.

A very impressive silent film. Well worth catching.


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