A marital romance in which a married artist woos the wife of another man.


Edwin S. Porter


Edwin S. Porter


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Cast overview:
Phillips Smalley ... Bill - the Husband
Lois Weber ... Grace - the Wife


Grace, a girl of the mountains, meets a young artist from the east in the woods. It happens. What to the polished, blasé artist is only a flirtation, becomes for the simple mountain girl, a lasting, vital love. He is the man of her dreams. The artist returns to the east, completely forgetting the remembering girl. The girl suffers. Her father dies. She is all alone in a lonely world. She consents to marry Bill, her mountain lover, if he sells her claim and takes her east. Bill accepts the compromise, and they arrive at a fashionable hotel in the city. And in the corridor of the hotel she meets the artist! She goes to him; the latent love is reborn, surges through her being. She introduces her husband, and asks him to permit the artist to paint her portrait. Reluctantly, he consents. The next day, when her husband calls for her at the studio, he enters just in time to see her sway toward the artist, lips ready to meet his, eyes staring into the soul of a man and sin. Broken-hearted, he... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 October 1911 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The PRICE - previouskly incorrectly identified film in EYE archive
5 October 2016 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

The review that appears here is of a film preserved in the EYE institute under this title. It was wrongly identified as Lost Illusions but has since been correctly identified as The Price (1911).

Lost Illusions was a film about an unmarried country girl who falls in love with a visiting young artist. She subsequently marries a countryman but persuades her husband to take her to town so that she can seek out the man she still loves. He however is married and rejects her and so at first does her husband, when she returns to him, although they are eventually reconciled.

The EYE film concerns a young married couple in the country, who have a young child. The wife is seduced by a city-man and goes off to become his mistress, abandoning husband and child. She at first enjoys considerable social success but her lover tires of her and she endured the usual fate of the fallen woman (poverty and sickness). In the meantime, back in the country, her child has died but the husband remains heart-broken. When the doctor lets him know of his wife's approaching death, he rushes to town but only arrives in time to witness her decease.

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