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The Love of Sunya (1927)

Passed | | Drama | 11 March 1927 (USA)
A young woman at life's crossroads is granted mystic visions of how her decisions will affect her future life.

Director:

Albert Parker

Writers:

Max Marcin (from the play by), Charles Guernon (from the play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gloria Swanson ... Sunya Ashling
John Boles ... Paul Judson
Pauline Garon ... Anna Hagan
Ian Keith ... Louis Anthony
Andrés de Segurola Andrés de Segurola ... Paolo De Salvo (as Andres de Segurola)
Anders Randolf ... Robert Goring
Hugh Miller Hugh Miller ... The Outcast
Robert Schable Robert Schable ... Henri Picard
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ted Morgan (as Ivan B. Lebedeff)
John Miltern John Miltern ... Asa Ashling
Raymond Hackett ... Kenneth Ashling
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Rita Ashling (as Flobelle Fairbanks)
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Storyline

In ancient Egypt, an evil priest drove a pure maiden to suicide. In today's reincarnation, to free himself the priest must find and help the maiden...now a young American singing student, Sunya Ashling, who is torn between pursuing a career in European opera, going to South America with fiancée Paul, or saving her father from financial ruin by marrying wealthy Robert Goring. The ancient priest, reincarnated as a gypsy vagabond, grants her visions of her future life if she should follow each of the three roads. Does each have a fatal drawback? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Drama of Invincible Destiny

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunya See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$502,086, 31 December 1927
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gloria Swanson Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Original cinematographer Robert Martin (I) was replaced by George Barnes (I), who finished the film uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Paul Judson: Not a fortune teller, but one who has been seeking to help you. In this crystal, you will see all that your heart yearns to know
Sunya Ashling: You mean I can look into the future and see what is wisest for me to do?
Paul Judson: Take heed, what matters most is the effect your decision will have upon your soul. Through the crystal, you will see what the years hold in store for you
Sunya Ashling: Should I accept de Salvo's offer?
Paul Judson: Look - and desire with a pure heart
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Alternate Versions

Re-released in 1977 under 's Film Classic serie in a restored version, tinted, with a new piano score by 'William Perry' and a credit list at the end. See more »

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Gloria's first effort as a producer is pretty good
9 September 2003 | by DeborahPainter855See all my reviews

Gloria Swanson was an interesting person and this is an interesting film.

Contrary to what some modern and vintage reviewers would have you believe, the film was well received and played for weeks at some theaters. I know this because I happened to read statistics in a Motion Picture Yearbook published in 1927 and available at our local university library.

If a studio produced such a film today it would be called a "New Age" sort of movie. The heroine, wealthy Sunya Ashling, meets a mysterious man who keeps hanging around the mansion during a pivotal moment in her life. She is being rushed by a family crisis into making a decision (whether to marry an industrialist or pursue a career in music in Europe) which will affect the rest of her life. He shows her a crystal ball and bids her look in it and "see" the logical consequences of each outcome.

It turns out that the mysterious man sought her out because he sexually assaulted her in a previous life thousands of years ago in Egypt when she was living the life of a temple priestess. She tumbled into a fire pit in a temple while fleeing him and died. He has never had, or perhaps has never taken, the opportunity to make amends until the 20th century. Throughout the movie, she never knows this, but it does not matter. The pace is slow and the acting is stylized and stiff, but if you can get past these flaws you will be rewarded with a pretty cool ending.


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