An Arabian Tragedy (1912)

Ayub Kashif becomes embittered toward his wife, Fatima, because their union has been childless. He eventually determines to divorce Fatima and free her slave, whom he then will wed. Fatima,... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writers:

Gene Gauntier (scenario), Gene Gauntier (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gene Gauntier ... Lucashah / Ayub's 1st Wife
Robert G. Vignola ... Ayub Kashif
Alice Hollister ... Hanifi (Slave Girl) Ayub's 2nd Wife
George Hollister Jr. ... Kafur
J.P. McGowan ... Undetermined Secondary Role
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Ayub Kashif becomes embittered toward his wife, Fatima, because their union has been childless. He eventually determines to divorce Fatima and free her slave, whom he then will wed. Fatima, who still loves her husband, lives a life of sorrow, praying that her husband's love will return to her. A year later, Allah grants Ayub an heir. Fatima hearing of the event, writes Ayub, requesting that she be allowed to attend his wife as a slave. This request Ayub denies. Four years later, Ayub, with a number of other merchants, departs to take rich merchandise across the desert. While on the journey he is attacked by a dread disease and, according to Turkish custom, it left to die. Fatima, in her dreams, sees that her husband is about to perish. Haunted by the vision, she seeks the wife and begs her to send aid to the suffering Ayub. The former slave, caring only for her personal comfort, laughs at the discarded wife and Fatima, accompanied by two slaves, starts out in quest of Ayub. The fast ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tragedy in the Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The story is simple; there is nothing melodramatic in it
10 December 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A powerfully, affecting story of Egypt, with much that is beautiful in the way of scenery. It is also highly instructive, because the producer has been careful to make his sets and his scenes typical of the Oriental life that it portrays. The story is simple; there is nothing melodramatic in it; and it seems sincere and truthful. In its tragic ending, it is very effective even to us. Its chief characters are Arabian people of wealth. The center of interest is Fatima (played by Gene Gauntier), a first wife of an Arab merchant. She is barren and has been divorced; but in the end, her love proves stronger than that of the mother of his child who has supplanted her. The acting is natural and dignified and the photographs are fine. - The Moving Picture World, July 6, 1912


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