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In Chicago, an injunction was issued against showing this film on the grounds that it contained scenes which might incite revolt against the government. Richard Ordynski, the young Russian stage director of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, who once was chief assistant director to Max Reinhardt of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, not only wrote and starred in this picture, but also supervised the art details of its staging. Wid's refers to the film as Rose of the Blood , and credits Adrian Johnson as the scenarist. No other source confirms Johnson's ... More Less

In Chicago, an injunction was issued against showing this film on the grounds that it contained scenes which might incite revolt against the government. Richard Ordynski, the young Russian stage director of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, who once was chief assistant director to Max Reinhardt of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, not only wrote and starred in this picture, but also supervised the art details of its staging. Wid's refers to the film as Rose of the Blood , and credits Adrian Johnson as the scenarist. No other source confirms Johnson's involvement. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
10 Nov 17
p. 913.
MPN
24 Nov 17
p. 3665.
MPW
24 Nov 17
p. 1232.
Wid's
17 Jan 18
p. 871.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
4 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11670
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Princess Arbassoff dies, Lisza Tapenko, a governess in the household of Prince Arbassoff, fills her place in everything but name. When the prince refuses to marry her because of the difference in their social positions, Lisza's former lover, Vassya, urges her to join the cause of the revolution. Smarting under the prince's refusal, she does so and leaves for Switzerland, the headquarters of the revolutionaries. The prince eventually yields to his son's pleas for Lisza's return and agrees to make her his wife. As Princess Arbassoff, Lisza still continues her activities with the revolutionaries, assassinating government officials and leaving a red rose on each of her victims. Torn between her love for the prince and her love of Russia when the revolutionaries order her to slay her husband, Lisza's devotion to the cause triumphs and she dynamites her house, meeting her death along with the ... +


After Princess Arbassoff dies, Lisza Tapenko, a governess in the household of Prince Arbassoff, fills her place in everything but name. When the prince refuses to marry her because of the difference in their social positions, Lisza's former lover, Vassya, urges her to join the cause of the revolution. Smarting under the prince's refusal, she does so and leaves for Switzerland, the headquarters of the revolutionaries. The prince eventually yields to his son's pleas for Lisza's return and agrees to make her his wife. As Princess Arbassoff, Lisza still continues her activities with the revolutionaries, assassinating government officials and leaving a red rose on each of her victims. Torn between her love for the prince and her love of Russia when the revolutionaries order her to slay her husband, Lisza's devotion to the cause triumphs and she dynamites her house, meeting her death along with the prince's. +

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