The Siren's Song (1919 film)

The Siren's Song is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Theda Bara. It is not known whether the film currently survives,[1] and it may be a lost film.

The Siren's Song
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Directed byJ. Gordon Edwards
Written byCharles Kenyon (scenario)
StarringTheda Bara
Alan Roscoe
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 4, 1919 (1919-05-04)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent
English intertitles

PlotEdit

As described in a film magazine review,[2] Marie Bernais, a Breton village girl, possesses a wonderful voice which her father believes is a gift from the devil. Raoul Nieppe loves her, but fears marrying below his station, and his rejection results in a suicide attempt by Marie. She is rescued by Hector Remey who was once a tenor but is now a Punch and Judy showman. Because of his assistance, she becomes a famous singer. When Raoul finds her, she is the mistress of Gaspard Prevost, a rich merchant who has a wife. Raoul persuades Marie to end the liaison, but she discovers that his anxiety was due to a desire to possess her. Distraught, she persists in singing for soldiers even though she is warned that this would damage her voice. She once again becomes a humble peasant girl. Gaspard, now free due to the death of his wife, seeks her out, and she finds happiness in an honorable marriage.

CastEdit

InfluencesEdit

The film was referenced in a 1919 song of the same name by Roy Turk and Ray Perkins which mentions Bara by name.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Siren's Song". silentera.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  2. ^ "Advertising Aids for Busy Managers: The Siren's Song". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (3): 391–92. Jan 18, 1919. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  3. ^ Wlaschin, Ken (2009). The Silent Cinema in Song, 1896-1929: An Illustrated History and Catalog of Songs Inspired by the Movies and Stars, with a List of Recordings. McFarland. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-7864-3804-4.

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