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The Exquisite Sinner

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Genre  Silent film
Country  United States
4.8/10 IMDb

Costume design  Andre-ani
Duration  
Language  Silent English intertitles
Director  Josef von Sternberg Phil Rosen
Release date  March 28, 1926 (1926-03-28)
Based on  Exquisite Sinner  by Alden Brooks
Writer  Alden Brooks (novel), Joseph Farnham (titles), Alice D.G. Miller, Josef von Sternberg
Directors  Josef von Sternberg, Phil Rosen
Cast  Conrad Nagel, Renée Adorée, Paulette Duval
Similar movies  Related Josef von Sternberg movies, Related Phil Rosen movies

The Exquisite Sinner (1926) is a silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg and Phil Rosen and adapted by Alice Duer Miller from a novel by Alden Brooks

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Prior to working on (and then abandoning) The Masked Bride, von Sternberg had filmed this picture in 1925, but MGM was so dissatisfied with the picture they refused to release it. The studio disliked early drafts of the film so much, they fired Sternberg before he was half finished filming and brought in staff director Phil Rosen for extensive retakes. In 1926, when the film finally surfaced (a full year after its completion), it had been so radically altered by Rosen that they released the two versions as different films entirely. Sternberg received majority screen credit for Exquisite Sinner. Later that same year, Heaven on Earth was released with the same cast and same sets. Both films performed poorly at the box office.

Plot

The film concerns a young Frenchman (Conrad Nagel) who forsakes the humdrum business world for the bohemian life of an artist. Renee Adoree co-stars as "The Gypsy Maid" who leads the hero merrily astray. Myrna Loy makes a brief, barely clothed appearance as "The Living Statue," the first of von Sternberg's many beautiful "mannequins."

Cast

  • Conrad Nagel - Dominique Prad
  • Renée Adorée - Silda, a gypsy maid
  • Paulette Duval - Yvonne
  • Frank Currier - Colonel
  • George K. Arthur - Colonel's orderly
  • Matthew Betz - Gypsy chief
  • Helena D'Algy - Dominique's sister
  • Claire Du Brey - Dominique's sister
  • Myrna Loy - Living statue
  • Preservation status

    SilentEra says the film is in the Turner Entertainment Co. archives. It is rumored that the Warner Bros. and Turner Entertainment archives holds a full print of this film, but as of 2014, no print has surfaced. Only a few images, promotional artwork and productions stills are currently known to exist.

    References

    The Exquisite Sinner Wikipedia


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