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The 9 December 1916 Motion Picture News reported that director Eric Chautard "built an elegant Venice scene...in Piermont, New York. When the company arrived to take the scene, it was discovered that the water was frozen over ever so gently and that snow had fallen. 'Emile, bring me my snow shovel,' said Alice [Brady], as she stepped into the gondola. 'I'm liable to need it before we're through Venice.'"
       The scenario was based on Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy’s 1869 play, Froufrou, which was also the film’s working title. On 27 October 1916, Variety reported the close of principal photography. Nearly three months later, the 20 January 1917 Motion Picture News announced the official title as A Hungry Heart.
       The picture was released on 5 February 1917, preceded by a Brooklyn, NY, opening on 25 January 1917 at Loew’s DeKalb Theatre, and a Chicago, IL, opening during the week of 4 February 1917 at the Keystone Theatre.
       An unrelated feature, The Hungry Heart, based on the 1909 novel of the same name, was released in 1917 by Paramount Pictures Corp. (see entry).
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.
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The 9 December 1916 Motion Picture News reported that director Eric Chautard "built an elegant Venice scene...in Piermont, New York. When the company arrived to take the scene, it was discovered that the water was frozen over ever so gently and that snow had fallen. 'Emile, bring me my snow shovel,' said Alice [Brady], as she stepped into the gondola. 'I'm liable to need it before we're through Venice.'"
       The scenario was based on Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy’s 1869 play, Froufrou, which was also the film’s working title. On 27 October 1916, Variety reported the close of principal photography. Nearly three months later, the 20 January 1917 Motion Picture News announced the official title as A Hungry Heart.
       The picture was released on 5 February 1917, preceded by a Brooklyn, NY, opening on 25 January 1917 at Loew’s DeKalb Theatre, and a Chicago, IL, opening during the week of 4 February 1917 at the Keystone Theatre.
       An unrelated feature, The Hungry Heart, based on the 1909 novel of the same name, was released in 1917 by Paramount Pictures Corp. (see entry).
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
7 Feb 1917
p. 15
Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Feb 1917
p. 704
Motion Picture News
28 Oct 1916
p. 2694
Motion Picture News
9 Dec 1916
p. 3633
Motion Picture News
20 Jan 1917
p. 400
Motion Picture News
10 Feb 1917
p. 920
Motion Picture News
3 Mar 1917
p. 1427
Motion Picture News
8 Dec 1917
p. 4043, 4247
Moving Picture World
10 Feb 1917
p. 866, 909
Moving Picture World
1 Dec 1917
p. 18
New York Clipper
31 Jan 1917
p. 34
NYDM
13 Jan 1917
p. 23
NYDM
3 Feb 1917
p. 26
NYDM
4 Aug 1917
p. 9
NYDM
8 Sep 1917
p. 26
The Chat [Brooklyn, NY]
20 Jan 1917
p. 43
Variety
27 Oct 1916
p. 25
Variety
26 Jan 1917
p. 29
Wid's Daily
25 Jan 1917
p. 63
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Frou Frou
Release Date:
5 February 1917
Premiere Information:
Brooklyn, NY, opening: 25 Jan 1917; Chicago opening: week of 4 Feb 1917
Production Date:
ended Oct 1916
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
World Film Corp.
10 February 1917
LU10162
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Comte Paul de Valreas and Marquis Henri de Sartorys are rivals for the hand of the frivolous Gilberte Brigard. Gilberte's elder sister, Louise, selflessly agrees with her father that Henri would be the most acceptable husband for Gilberte, even though she loves the marquis herself. Five years after Gilberte marries Henri, the couple have a little son, but Gilberte remains the irresponsible butterfly she was before marriage. Consequently, Louise moves in with her sister and gradually takes charge of the child and the household. Paul reappears, and although Gilberte tries to suppress her desire for him, she accepts an invitation to join him in Venice, Italy. Henri follows and kills Paul in a duel. Gilberte, heartbroken and ill, returns home, begs her husband's forgiveness and then dies, happy in the thought that Louise will be the guardian of her husband and ...

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Comte Paul de Valreas and Marquis Henri de Sartorys are rivals for the hand of the frivolous Gilberte Brigard. Gilberte's elder sister, Louise, selflessly agrees with her father that Henri would be the most acceptable husband for Gilberte, even though she loves the marquis herself. Five years after Gilberte marries Henri, the couple have a little son, but Gilberte remains the irresponsible butterfly she was before marriage. Consequently, Louise moves in with her sister and gradually takes charge of the child and the household. Paul reappears, and although Gilberte tries to suppress her desire for him, she accepts an invitation to join him in Venice, Italy. Henri follows and kills Paul in a duel. Gilberte, heartbroken and ill, returns home, begs her husband's forgiveness and then dies, happy in the thought that Louise will be the guardian of her husband and child.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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