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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
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 »
Why worry about *one* woman? There are plenty more in Paris.
None like her... she has the face of an angel!
I know... I had one like that... once.
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In a small French village, the mayor's son and the cobbler's daughter hope to someday be married but instead are separated following her father's untimely death; she's farmed-out to abusive relatives and escapes, eloping to Paris with her young man, who is then arrested by his own father. Sad-sack romantic tragedy: a compelling silent, though one which is riddled with self-pity and masochistic sentiment. Famed silent-screen producer-director Fred Niblo also worked on the screenplay, and some of the writing has a tartness which is still surprising today. There are some interesting parallels to Dennis Potter's "Pennies From Heaven"--and when Enid Bennett falls on hard times, she nearly resembles Bette Davis in the final throes of "Of Human Bondage". Bennett, actually, seems too mature to be cast as a virginal Cinderella, though leading man Ramon Novarro goes through a dramatic range of emotions with considerable skill. Novarro is occasionally melodramatic (with wild gestures), yet he manages to break through the mercilessly-contrived scenario to create a complicated character. Niblo has a good eye for heart-rending imagery (such as the shoes melted by the fireplace), though Bennett's suffering and sacrifice are tough to take. The finale ties in beautifully with an earlier scene, and Wallace Beery is amusing in wily role as a safecracker. ** from ****
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