Sapho (1917)

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Sapho, whose real name is Fanny Legrand, is the daughter of poor people, her father being a coachman, and her early home is little more than a hovel in the slums of Paris. She is one of the... See full summary »



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21 July 2015 | deickemeyer
A psychological study of a type of womankind
The outstanding factor in the Famous Players adaptation of "Sapho" is the individual work of Pauline Frederick in the name role. Her interpretation of the famous heroine of Alphonse Daudet's classic is a thing of life. She has the fire, the abandon, the coquettish art of the young Frenchwoman who finds life pleasant, who makes what she believes to be love consecutively to the sculptor, the poet and the young man about town. And she possesses the depth of feeling to reveal to us the soul of the woman who comes in contact with the one man who in her world towers above all others, for whom she casts aside the luxuries bestowed by former favored suitors and elects to share with him a cottage in the country. "Sapho" is not a Sunday school tale. It is a psychological study of a type of womankind, a searching out of the heart of a woman. Sapho holds our attention if she does not win our sympathy as she transfers her affections even as she might change her garb, but there can be no question of her domination following the moment she finds herself. It is a worthy portrayal of an unworthy woman who turns straight. Frank Losee is Caoudal, the sculptor, who in the flower girl discovers more than the model he seeks. John Sainpolis is Dejoie, the poet of untender years who finds no difficulty in persuading Sapho to change her address. Pedro De Cordoba is Flamant, who for the love of Sapho commits forgery and loses his liberty and his mistress at the same time. Thomas Meighan is Jean Gaussin, the youth from the country, who not too late discovers he has loved unwisely and transfers back to the sweetheart of his childhood the affection that for a time had gone afield. It is a fine cast. Hugh Ford has splendidly staged the production. He has reproduced the atmosphere of Paris of the period of today rather than of the time of the story. Mr. Ford has been at pains to bring out the lighter side of the drama, to leave covered as much as may be the sordid side; but he has banked strong on the dramatic situations of the denouement. It is all well done. - The Moving Picture World, March 24, 1917

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Drama | Romance


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11 March 1917

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