The Eternal Sapho (1916)

Drama | 8 May 1916

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HISTORY

The working title of this was A Modern Sapho . Although the name is usually spelled Sappho, credits for this film consistently spell it ... More Less

The working title of this was A Modern Sapho . Although the name is usually spelled Sappho, credits for this film consistently spell it Sapho. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
20 May 16
p. 1165.
MPN
20 May 16
p. 3106.
New York Times
5 Oct 16
p. 1004.
NYDM
20 May 16
p. 26.
Variety
12 May 16
p. 19.
Wid's
11 May 16
p. 571.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Modern Sapho
Release Date:
8 May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
7 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8242
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Two men fall in love with Laura Gubbins when she becomes a notorious overnight sensation after posing for an artist's sculpture of Sapho. Although one of the men, John Drummond, has a wife, Laura is intent on ruining his marriage until she meets his daughter and decides, for her sake, to end the relationship. Then, just as her second suitor is about to propose, he hears rumors that Laura, who really had been only an innocent bystander, was responsible for the murder of his father, and so he ends his affair with her. Laura then returns to the artist, who had always loved her, but she finds that he committed suicide when he believed that he had lost her. Feeling that she has ruined her own life and the lives of several others, Laura goes insane and dies in the artist's studio, with her body slowly dissolving into the statue of ... +


Two men fall in love with Laura Gubbins when she becomes a notorious overnight sensation after posing for an artist's sculpture of Sapho. Although one of the men, John Drummond, has a wife, Laura is intent on ruining his marriage until she meets his daughter and decides, for her sake, to end the relationship. Then, just as her second suitor is about to propose, he hears rumors that Laura, who really had been only an innocent bystander, was responsible for the murder of his father, and so he ends his affair with her. Laura then returns to the artist, who had always loved her, but she finds that he committed suicide when he believed that he had lost her. Feeling that she has ruined her own life and the lives of several others, Laura goes insane and dies in the artist's studio, with her body slowly dissolving into the statue of Sapho. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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