Vera Blaine, a young woman in the deep South, is passionate and romantic. So, she's easy prey for José Dalmarez, a novelist visiting from Brazil. Vera refuses a proposal from Hugh, her upright guardian, thinking she will marry Dalmarez. She writes him love letters and inscribes a book to him with loving words. When she learns that his intentions do not include marriage, she spurns him, and he returns to Brazil. Several years pass, with his behavior unchanged: he courts a local beauty, Inez, to the ire of her brother. Work then takes Dalmarez back to the States, where he encounters a now-married Vera and sets out to blackmail her. Will he have his foul way? Written by
The film was originally a vehicle for Marguerite Namara. After Valentino achieved stardom, the film was cut by approximately half its original running time with the new edit favoring Valentino. Only the edited version is known to exist. The film had its American television debut on Turner Classic Movies on May 22, 2006. See more »
Since the only surviving footage of this film is 3 reels long out of an original 6-reel movie, the listing of the cast credits and the crew credits are taken from the AFI Catalogue. The print itself follows the cast listing closely, with only the butler Arthur Earle not identified in the intertitles. There are no crew credits listed in the surviving print. See more »
Restored at UCLA, "Stolen Moments" is an 85-year-old film featuring Rudolph Valentino in one of the villainous roles he played before stardom hit. Here, he has a mustache and looks a bit fuller in the face as he plays a smooth, oily, amoral writer who wants to trade sex for some passionate letters he received from a now married woman (Marguerite Namara).
Not much of this movie remains. When Valentino became a star, the film was recut to enhance his role, as it originally was a showcase for Namara, an opera singer. All that remained after that was the re-cut version, and it has not survived in its entirety. What does remain is in remarkable shape.
Valentino is very good, and although some of the old silent film acting like the widening of the eyes is disconcerting, it's certainly forgivable. We're fortunate to be able to see him this early in his career. I will reiterate something I said about other films of this era: I don't know how much Lasik surgery one has to have before being able to read all the notes that were received by characters in these silent films. It's obvious that '20s eyes were a lot sharper.
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