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Shortly after this film was copyrighted, the Hawk Film Co. became Piedmont Pictures Corp. No information on a release date has been found. Piedmont Pictures apparently folded in late 1918. According to a contemporary news item, the story was based on an Italian stage play. ...

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Shortly after this film was copyrighted, the Hawk Film Co. became Piedmont Pictures Corp. No information on a release date has been found. Piedmont Pictures apparently folded in late 1918. According to a contemporary news item, the story was based on an Italian stage play.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
13 Jan 17
p. 256.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1918
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Piedmont Pictures Corp.
24 November 1917
LU11789
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

While horseback riding, Xenia Vaskova is accosted by Captain Kernova, an officer in the occupying Balkan army, and strikes his face with her riding whip. As revenge, the scarred captain pursues Xenia's father, who is the leader of a secret revolutionary movement. When Kernova secures proof of her father's activities, he offers to give Xenia the evidence in exchange for sex, but she tries to trick him and is raped as punishment. Exposed by Kernova, Xenia's father is executed, and Xenia moves North after Mirko, her son by Kernova, is born. Twenty years later, when war is declared again, Mirko joins the army and Xenia volunteers as a Red Cross nurse. One night at the front, Xenia tends to a wounded enemy general, who she discovers is Kernova. Overcoming her temptation to kill him, Xenia tells a now remorseful Kernova about Mirko. Later, Mirko arrives wounded and Kernova struggles to speak with him, but dies before he can ask for forgiveness. Mirko recovers and returns to live happily with his ...

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While horseback riding, Xenia Vaskova is accosted by Captain Kernova, an officer in the occupying Balkan army, and strikes his face with her riding whip. As revenge, the scarred captain pursues Xenia's father, who is the leader of a secret revolutionary movement. When Kernova secures proof of her father's activities, he offers to give Xenia the evidence in exchange for sex, but she tries to trick him and is raped as punishment. Exposed by Kernova, Xenia's father is executed, and Xenia moves North after Mirko, her son by Kernova, is born. Twenty years later, when war is declared again, Mirko joins the army and Xenia volunteers as a Red Cross nurse. One night at the front, Xenia tends to a wounded enemy general, who she discovers is Kernova. Overcoming her temptation to kill him, Xenia tells a now remorseful Kernova about Mirko. Later, Mirko arrives wounded and Kernova struggles to speak with him, but dies before he can ask for forgiveness. Mirko recovers and returns to live happily with his mother.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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