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HISTORY

The film was re-edited and re-released by Tri-Stone Pictures in 1923. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

The film was re-edited and re-released by Tri-Stone Pictures in 1923. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2651.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jan 18
p. 408.
ETR
12 Jan 18
p. 523.
MPN
12 Jan 18
pp. 186-87.
MPW
20 Apr 18
p. 2418.
MPW
26 Jan 18
p. 571.
NYDM
12 Jan 18
p. 18.
Variety
11 Jan 18
p. 40.
Wid's
10 Jan 18
p. 868.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 January 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Felice, a peasant girl who lives near Florence, Italy, is so beautiful that the villagers call her the "Passion Flower." Jules Mardon, a French artist traveling in Italy for his health, paints Felice, winning her love in the process. Upon the portrait's completion, however, he abandons Felice and returns to Paris, where the painting earns him wealth and fame. Millionaire Armand de Gautier falls in love with Felice's image, buys the portrait, and then seeks out and marries the model. Several years after the birth of the happy couple's child, Armand commissions Jules to paint his wife and son, whereupon the artist again tries to seduce her. When Felice learns that Armand, assuming she has abandoned her plague-stricken child to be with Jules, wants no more to do with her, she kisses her son and then, with the disease on her lips, searches for Jules and kisses him. The artist dies, but Felice and her son survive to be reunited with ... +


Felice, a peasant girl who lives near Florence, Italy, is so beautiful that the villagers call her the "Passion Flower." Jules Mardon, a French artist traveling in Italy for his health, paints Felice, winning her love in the process. Upon the portrait's completion, however, he abandons Felice and returns to Paris, where the painting earns him wealth and fame. Millionaire Armand de Gautier falls in love with Felice's image, buys the portrait, and then seeks out and marries the model. Several years after the birth of the happy couple's child, Armand commissions Jules to paint his wife and son, whereupon the artist again tries to seduce her. When Felice learns that Armand, assuming she has abandoned her plague-stricken child to be with Jules, wants no more to do with her, she kisses her son and then, with the disease on her lips, searches for Jules and kisses him. The artist dies, but Felice and her son survive to be reunited with Armand. +

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

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