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Opera star Mary Garden sang the part of Thaïs at the Opera Comique in Paris. Although this picture was principally filmed at the Goldwyn studios in Fort Lee, NJ, it was also shot on location in St. Augustine and Anastasia Island, FL. The copyright entry lists the film title as Thaïs.
       An earlier Thais was filmed in 1914 (see ... More Less

Opera star Mary Garden sang the part of Thaïs at the Opera Comique in Paris. Although this picture was principally filmed at the Goldwyn studios in Fort Lee, NJ, it was also shot on location in St. Augustine and Anastasia Island, FL. The copyright entry lists the film title as Thaïs.
       An earlier Thais was filmed in 1914 (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
5 Jan 1918
p. 398.
Exhibitors Trade Review
12 Jan 1918
p. 521.
Motion Picture News
7 Dec 1918
p. 3427.
Motion Picture News
26 Jan 1918
p. 594.
Motography
20 Oct 1917
p. 817.
MPW
29 Dec 17
p. 1997.
MPW
19 Jan 18
p. 377.
NYDM
22 Dec 17
p. 23.
NYDM
5 Jan 18
p. 24.
NYDM
12 Jan 18
p. 18.
Variety
4 Jan 1918
p. 42.
Wid's
3 Jan 1918
p. 847.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Thaïs by Anatole France (Paris, 1890) and on the opera of the same name, music by Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet, libretto by Louis Gallet (Paris, 16 Mar 1894).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 December 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11847
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Paphnutius, a wealthy young citizen of ancient Alexandria, is captivated by the beauty of the famous courtesan Thais. While leaving her house, he is attacked by a rival whom he slays in self-defense. Paphnutius, who has studied the doctrines of the early Christians, is overcome with remorse and flees to the desert to join a Christian colony. Later, he imagines that it is his heaven-sent mission to revisit Alexandria and reclaim Thais. Her former love for him, enforced by his eloquence and determination, persuades Thais to foresake her wicked ways and follow him into the desert where she becomes one of the nuns. Haunted by visions of her former luxurious life, however, Thais resolves to return to it. She starts alone across the desert, drops exhausted and repents. Found by the nuns, she is pronounced purged of sin and is taken back to the Christian retreat. Meanwhile, Paphnutius, who has yielded to his old earthly passion for Thais, regrets that he has taken her from her life of luxury. He finds her dying and confesses his sin in prayer as she ... +


Paphnutius, a wealthy young citizen of ancient Alexandria, is captivated by the beauty of the famous courtesan Thais. While leaving her house, he is attacked by a rival whom he slays in self-defense. Paphnutius, who has studied the doctrines of the early Christians, is overcome with remorse and flees to the desert to join a Christian colony. Later, he imagines that it is his heaven-sent mission to revisit Alexandria and reclaim Thais. Her former love for him, enforced by his eloquence and determination, persuades Thais to foresake her wicked ways and follow him into the desert where she becomes one of the nuns. Haunted by visions of her former luxurious life, however, Thais resolves to return to it. She starts alone across the desert, drops exhausted and repents. Found by the nuns, she is pronounced purged of sin and is taken back to the Christian retreat. Meanwhile, Paphnutius, who has yielded to his old earthly passion for Thais, regrets that he has taken her from her life of luxury. He finds her dying and confesses his sin in prayer as she dies. +

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