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Mad Love (1921)

Sappho (original title)
Richard De La Croix has a brother, Andreas, who has been driven insane by a notorious vamp and socialite named Sappho. A man-about-town named Teddy takes Richard to the Odeon to meet her, ... See full summary »

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Dimitri Buchowetzki, Alexandre Dumas (story) (as Alexandre Dumas père)
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Cast overview:
Pola Negri ... Sappho
Johannes Riemann ... Richard de la Croix
Alfred Abel ... Georg de la Croix
Albert Steinrück ... Andreas
Helga Molander Helga Molander ... Maria Garden, Roichards Braut
Otto Treptow Otto Treptow ... Teddy
Elsa Wagner Elsa Wagner ... Richards Mutter
Ellinor Gynt Ellinor Gynt ... Tänzerin
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Richard De La Croix has a brother, Andreas, who has been driven insane by a notorious vamp and socialite named Sappho. A man-about-town named Teddy takes Richard to the Odeon to meet her, but when Sappho actually meets Richard, he is unaware that she is the woman who drove Andreas insane. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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2 January 1922 (Finland) See more »

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Mad Love See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Sappho was released in Germany on 6 September 1921. The film was barred from release in New York by the State Board of Censors in 1922. A censored version of the film entitled Mad Love was finally released by Metro on 4 March 1923. As Mad Love, The New York Times described the story itself as a stereotyped French Victorian one, but praised Pola Negri's performance by making both her role fully believable and therefore bringing the story line to life, saying of Negri, "She convinces you again that she is the particular person she is playing and no one else. See more »

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Herr Buchowetzki At His Best
2 February 2008 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

The engineer Georg de la Croix ( Herr Alfred Abel ) suffers a nervous breakdown due to the continuous unfaithfulness of his lover, Dame Sappho ( Dame Pola Negri ). Georg ends up in a lunatic asylum. His brother, Richard ( Herr Johannes Riemann ) wants to avenge him but instead falls in love with the beautiful Dame Sappho. When Herr Richard finds out from a previous lover of Dame Sappho that she was the cause of his brother's insanity, Richard decides to put an end to his affair with her by marrying someone else but he still must see Dame Sappho, even minutes after the wedding.

"Sappho" was directed by the highly reputed émigré Russian director Herr Dimitri Buchowetzi, who during his Russian period had a special and close connection with Dame Pola and directed her on many occasions, often in his superb costume dramas. This is characteristic of the latter: excellent set design, beautiful outdoor scenery, careful cinematography ( by Herr Arpad Viragh ) and a modern approach to the material.

Besides those excellent technical aspects, "Sappho" is a remarkable film because it emphasizes the psychological aspect of the story; the sorrows and miseries of love, a mad love that doesn't listen to earthly reasons. It captures the lust and free love spirit of a decadent society, full of characters who don't hesitate to harm themselves to get what they want.

The love turmoil will have a "grand finale" at the end of the film in a magnificent and thrilling scene at the Opera ( Herr Buchowetzki at his best ) where our heroine ( Dame Pola at her best too ) will pay for her old and new love sins.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must avoid Dame Sappho's charms in order that this Herr Graf's Teutonic fat heiresses find out nothing about it.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/


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