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The working title of this film was The Asses' Skin ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Asses' Skin . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
23 Oct 15
p. 862, 881
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 15, 59
MPN
2 Oct 15
p. 75.
MPN
23 Oct 15
pp. 10-11, 88
MPW
23 Oct 15
p. 626, 692
NYDM
15 Sep 15
p. 27.
NYDM
29 Sep 15
p. 24.
NYDM
16 Oct 15
p. 28.
Variety
29 Oct 15
p. 23.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Asses' Skin
Release Date:
13 October 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 October 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6611
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,922
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Hounded by creditors, Ralph Valentine eagerly accepts money from his servant, Joseph, to live in Paris and pursue his musical endeavors. Pauline Gardin, the daughter of his new Parisian landlady, captures his heart, but Flora Margot, an exotic beauty, captures him for her own amusement. Driven to please the demanding Flora, Ralph attempts to purchase an antique necklace for her but, while waiting for the shopkeeper to assist him, falls asleep. Now the antique dealer turns into Mephistopheles and offers to sell Ralph an ancient skin that will grant him his every desire in exchange for his soul. Bending to temptation, Ralph buys the skin and revels in the new-found pleasures. With every wish, however, the skin shrinks, and as it grows smaller, Ralph's health degenerates. Weary of Ralph, Flora moves on to another lover, while Pauline, still desperately in love with him, drowns herself. The skin disappears and Ralph dies with it, following his soul to Hell. Before the visions become too grotesque, however, Ralph wakes in the antique shop. Reformed by his dream, he returns to Pauline and marries ... +


Hounded by creditors, Ralph Valentine eagerly accepts money from his servant, Joseph, to live in Paris and pursue his musical endeavors. Pauline Gardin, the daughter of his new Parisian landlady, captures his heart, but Flora Margot, an exotic beauty, captures him for her own amusement. Driven to please the demanding Flora, Ralph attempts to purchase an antique necklace for her but, while waiting for the shopkeeper to assist him, falls asleep. Now the antique dealer turns into Mephistopheles and offers to sell Ralph an ancient skin that will grant him his every desire in exchange for his soul. Bending to temptation, Ralph buys the skin and revels in the new-found pleasures. With every wish, however, the skin shrinks, and as it grows smaller, Ralph's health degenerates. Weary of Ralph, Flora moves on to another lover, while Pauline, still desperately in love with him, drowns herself. The skin disappears and Ralph dies with it, following his soul to Hell. Before the visions become too grotesque, however, Ralph wakes in the antique shop. Reformed by his dream, he returns to Pauline and marries her. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical


Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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