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On 23 Nov 1922, FD reported that producer Harry Garson had selected cast and crew for The Woman of Bronze, suggesting that principal photography was soon to begin. Less than a month later, a 19 Dec 1922 FD brief indicated that lead actress Clara Kimball Young had “finished her work” on the picture. A 17 Feb 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review article announced the film’s 26 Feb 1923 release date. Following the opening, critics offered mixed reviews of Young’s performance, comparing her unfavorably to Margaret Anglin, who performed the role of “Vivian Hunt” in the stage play’s successful Broadway run. The 10 Mar 1923 Exhibitors Herald described Clara Kimball Young as an emotionless “disappointment.” The 14 Apr 1923 Moving Picture World argued that she tended to overact, which “at times” allowed her to “vividly realize” her role as the shunned ... More Less

On 23 Nov 1922, FD reported that producer Harry Garson had selected cast and crew for The Woman of Bronze, suggesting that principal photography was soon to begin. Less than a month later, a 19 Dec 1922 FD brief indicated that lead actress Clara Kimball Young had “finished her work” on the picture. A 17 Feb 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review article announced the film’s 26 Feb 1923 release date. Following the opening, critics offered mixed reviews of Young’s performance, comparing her unfavorably to Margaret Anglin, who performed the role of “Vivian Hunt” in the stage play’s successful Broadway run. The 10 Mar 1923 Exhibitors Herald described Clara Kimball Young as an emotionless “disappointment.” The 14 Apr 1923 Moving Picture World argued that she tended to overact, which “at times” allowed her to “vividly realize” her role as the shunned wife. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
10 Mar 1923.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Feb 1923.
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Film Daily
23 Nov 1922.
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Film Daily
19 Dec 1922.
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Moving Picture World
14 Apr 1923.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Woman of Bronze by Henry Kistemaeckers (trans. by Paul Kester
Chicago, Jan 1920).
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 February 1923
Production Date:
November--December 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Zierler Photoplay Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1923
Copyright Number:
LP18900
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,643
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Struggling sculptor Leonard Hunt wins a large sum of money and the commission for a war memorial. He uses Sylvia Morton as his model for "Victory" and soon falls in love with her, but Leonard is dissatisfied with his work, feeling that the figure "lacks a soul." When Vivian Hunt finally confronts her husband, Leonard smashes the statue in grief and rage, then leaves. Some months later, Leonard returns to find the statue restored, and he now perceives in Vivian's face the subtle quality that eluded him in the sculpture. Vivian does not welcome him but announces her departure for Italy. Leonard works at a fever pitch to finish the work, then joins ... +


Struggling sculptor Leonard Hunt wins a large sum of money and the commission for a war memorial. He uses Sylvia Morton as his model for "Victory" and soon falls in love with her, but Leonard is dissatisfied with his work, feeling that the figure "lacks a soul." When Vivian Hunt finally confronts her husband, Leonard smashes the statue in grief and rage, then leaves. Some months later, Leonard returns to find the statue restored, and he now perceives in Vivian's face the subtle quality that eluded him in the sculpture. Vivian does not welcome him but announces her departure for Italy. Leonard works at a fever pitch to finish the work, then joins Vivian. +

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Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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