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HISTORY

The idea for the film was based on a quotation from George Moore's Memoirs of My Dead Life (1906): "The legitimate occupation of man's mind is woman." Hugo Riesenfeld composed part of the musical accompaniment. On 29 Jun 1918, cameraman John van den Broek was accidentally drowned at Schooner Head, ME, near Bar Harbor, while filming a scene. He was 23 years old and was considered to be one of the best cameramen of his time. According to modern sources, Charles Van Enger was the assistant director. The film opened at the Rivoli Theatre in New York on 27 Oct 1918. The Garden of Eden scenes were shot on a New Jersey hill. Tourneur's studio was in Fort Lee, NJ. A number of the cast members were dancers, including Diana Allen, Rose Rolanda, Lyn Donaldson, Faire Binney, Flore Revalles, Ethel Hallor and Gloria ... More Less

The idea for the film was based on a quotation from George Moore's Memoirs of My Dead Life (1906): "The legitimate occupation of man's mind is woman." Hugo Riesenfeld composed part of the musical accompaniment. On 29 Jun 1918, cameraman John van den Broek was accidentally drowned at Schooner Head, ME, near Bar Harbor, while filming a scene. He was 23 years old and was considered to be one of the best cameramen of his time. According to modern sources, Charles Van Enger was the assistant director. The film opened at the Rivoli Theatre in New York on 27 Oct 1918. The Garden of Eden scenes were shot on a New Jersey hill. Tourneur's studio was in Fort Lee, NJ. A number of the cast members were dancers, including Diana Allen, Rose Rolanda, Lyn Donaldson, Faire Binney, Flore Revalles, Ethel Hallor and Gloria Goodwin. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
2 Nov 18
p. 1790.
ETR
9 Nov 18
p. 1850, 1872, 1875
MPN
23 Nov 18
p. 3129.
MPW
15 Jun 18
p. 3548, 3596-97.
MPW
19 Oct 18
p. 408.
MPW
9 Nov 18
p. 691.
MPW
18 Jan 19
p. 392.
New York Times
28 Oct 18
p. 11.
Variety
1 Nov 18
p. 38.
Wid's
17 Nov 18
p. 28.
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Maurice Tourneur Productions
Copyright Date:
24 November 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13397
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When an angry wife storms out of the house, her bewildered husband decides to consult an encyclopedia on the definition and history of woman. Ignoring stories of faithful and courageous women such as Joan of Arc, the young husband turns to tales of woman's perfidy, beginning with the story of Adam and Eve. In Rome, the wicked Messalina deceives her husband, Emperor Claudius, and centuries later, Abelard, a priest, betrays his vows for the enticing Heloise. In Brittany, a young wife named Cyrene leaves her husband, and during the American Civil War, a proffered piece of jewelry persuades a girl to reveal the hiding place of a Union soldier. In the end, however, the husband learns that because of the contributions she has made towards the winning of World War I, woman has emerged from the slavery that made her treacherous to become man's ... +


When an angry wife storms out of the house, her bewildered husband decides to consult an encyclopedia on the definition and history of woman. Ignoring stories of faithful and courageous women such as Joan of Arc, the young husband turns to tales of woman's perfidy, beginning with the story of Adam and Eve. In Rome, the wicked Messalina deceives her husband, Emperor Claudius, and centuries later, Abelard, a priest, betrays his vows for the enticing Heloise. In Brittany, a young wife named Cyrene leaves her husband, and during the American Civil War, a proffered piece of jewelry persuades a girl to reveal the hiding place of a Union soldier. In the end, however, the husband learns that because of the contributions she has made towards the winning of World War I, woman has emerged from the slavery that made her treacherous to become man's equal. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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