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Fortunes of a Composer (1912)

Samuel Herman, a composer, in seeking recognition for fame and fortune, goes to Paris and takes a position in a small music hall, playing there at night and writing music during the day. ... See full summary »

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Samuel Hermann - the Composer
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Samuel Herman, a composer, in seeking recognition for fame and fortune, goes to Paris and takes a position in a small music hall, playing there at night and writing music during the day. His compositions do not find a market and disappointed and disheartened, he sends them to his wife and daughters in America, to be disposed of by them if possible. He loses his memory through an attack of aphasia. His wife and daughters dispose of his compositions for $100,000. They send word to their father to the address which he had given them, but no one knows what has become of him and so the letter is returned unclaimed with a report that the professor is dead. Two years afterwards Herman's memory returns when he hears his music played upon the street and he determines, after he has fully recovered, to return to America. He goes to his old home and is told by the janitor that his family has moved away when they become rich. He makes his way to the opera house where one of his operas is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 May 1912 (USA)  »

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There is plenty in the picture that does ring true
22 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Mr. Charles Kent, by very sincere acting, holds up, in this picture, a situation that otherwise would have failed to convince, would, perhaps, have had little effectiveness. As it is, up to the last scene, which is tremendously effective, the interest in the story's outcome, while always awake, is secondary to the picture's lesser qualities, its acting, lighting, scene making and photography, which all are of high order. The story of the old composer's loss of memory and his separation from his friends, and even of the homecoming to die in the empty theater where he had just heard his great opera rendered, are not impossible; but they are not made very real. There is plenty in the picture that does ring true and the scene where the composer dies is fine. The acting all through is excellent. Mrs. Julia Swayne Gordon plays the composer's wife; Edith Halleran and Norma Talmadge play his two daughters, and do excellent work. - The Moving Picture World, June 8, 1912


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