Italian peasant girl deserts her fiancé for wealthy gangster and departs for America.



(scenario), (story "Jewels of the Madonna")




Cast overview:
... Rosa
... Luigi
... Pietro
Louise Rial ... Maria (as Louise Briehl)
Henry Leone ... Giovanni


Italian peasant girl deserts her fiancé for wealthy gangster and departs for America.

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Release Date:

3 October 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jewels of the Madonna  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film is presumed lost. Please check your attic. See more »


Referenced in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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Sin (1915) -- Lost Film
30 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Italian peasant girl, Rosa ( Theda Bara ) meets the attractive, wealthy Pietro ( Warner Oland ), the head of the Camorra, a New York crime syndicate, she deserts Luigi ( William E. Shay ), her fiancé, and departs for America. Hurt but determined, the simple, pious Luigi follows his sweetheart to New York. To prove his love, Pietro tells Rosa that he will steal the jewels of the Madonna for her. Impressed by this seeming devotion, Rosa informs Luigi of Pietro's boast and he, not to be outdone, decides to steal the jewels himself. After Luigi presents her with the coveted gems, Rosa makes her way through the Festival of the Madonna to find Pietro at Camorra headquarters. When she arrives, the theft has been discovered, and a mob is forming to hunt the culprit. Rosa begs protection from Pietro, who throws her out into the street. Overcome by religious guilt, Rosa collapses in a deranged stupor, then after returning the jewels, Luigi kills himself on the church steps.

This 1915 silent drama was written and directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Theda Bara. In order to play up Theda Bara's image as a vamp, Fox Film Corporation publicized the film with the tag-line "Sin With Theda Bara!". Despite it's good reviews and a popular hit with audiences, the film was still banned and condemned by several states across America. Sadly, today it remains a lost film.

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