The Marble Heart (1916)

Drama | 6 March 1916

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HISTORY

MPN 18 Mar 1916 notes that the film is "based on the work of Bernard Chapin," but no other source mentions this. The film's credits make no acknowledgment of Zola's novel in its review; however, Var gives the novel as the source. In the scenario of the film in the copyright descriptions, the title Thérèse Raquin is scratched out, although the character names remain as in the original. The film was made at the Fox studio in Kingston, Jamaica. A French-German production based on the same source, entitled Thérèse Raquin , was directed by Jacques Feyder in 1923. A Paris Film-Lux production and release of 1953, also entitled Thérèse Raquin , was directed by Marcel Carné and starred Simone ... More Less

MPN 18 Mar 1916 notes that the film is "based on the work of Bernard Chapin," but no other source mentions this. The film's credits make no acknowledgment of Zola's novel in its review; however, Var gives the novel as the source. In the scenario of the film in the copyright descriptions, the title Thérèse Raquin is scratched out, although the character names remain as in the original. The film was made at the Fox studio in Kingston, Jamaica. A French-German production based on the same source, entitled Thérèse Raquin , was directed by Jacques Feyder in 1923. A Paris Film-Lux production and release of 1953, also entitled Thérèse Raquin , was directed by Marcel Carné and starred Simone Signoret. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
12 Feb 16
p. 837.
MPN
4 Mar 16
p. 1285.
MPN
18 Mar 16
p. 1622.
MPW
18 Nov 16
p. 26.
MPW
25 Mar 16
p. 2023.
New York Times
6 Mar 16
p. 11.
Variety
10 Mar 16
p. 28.
Wid's
16 Mar 16
p. 437.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola (France, 1867).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 March 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
5 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7762
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Raised in a small French town by her aunt, Madame Roger, Thérèse has always taken for granted the fact that she will marry Madame's dull-witted son Camille. Soon after the wedding, Thérèse grows completely bored with Camille, and falls in love with his artist friend Laurant. When the three go boating, Thérèse and Laurant throw Camille overboard and pretend that his drowning was accidental. After a proper mourning period, Laurant marries Thérèse, and then moves into Madame's house with her. They are tormented by their guilt, however, and each one constantly affixes blame for the murder on the other. One evening, Madame hears them yelling about killing Camille, and the shock paralyzes her. Unable to contact the authorities to have them arrested, a motionless Madame instead fixes her gaze on Laurant and Thérèse, thereby letting them know that she has discovered their guilt. Then, unable to stand Madame's incriminating stare any longer, Thérèse and Laurant commit ... +


Raised in a small French town by her aunt, Madame Roger, Thérèse has always taken for granted the fact that she will marry Madame's dull-witted son Camille. Soon after the wedding, Thérèse grows completely bored with Camille, and falls in love with his artist friend Laurant. When the three go boating, Thérèse and Laurant throw Camille overboard and pretend that his drowning was accidental. After a proper mourning period, Laurant marries Thérèse, and then moves into Madame's house with her. They are tormented by their guilt, however, and each one constantly affixes blame for the murder on the other. One evening, Madame hears them yelling about killing Camille, and the shock paralyzes her. Unable to contact the authorities to have them arrested, a motionless Madame instead fixes her gaze on Laurant and Thérèse, thereby letting them know that she has discovered their guilt. Then, unable to stand Madame's incriminating stare any longer, Thérèse and Laurant commit suicide. +

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