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Carmen /  The Cheat
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Carmen (Lasky-Paramount, 1915) stars famed Metropolitan Opera soprano Geraldine Farrar in her most famous role on stage and screen. Her high-spirited and erotic performance dominates this vibrant film adaptation of Prosper Merimee s story and Georges Bizets opera. Also featured in the cast are the tragic matinee idol Wallace Reid and DeMilles long-time collaborator Jeanie Macpherson. Produced on a relatively modest scale, Carmen shares much with DeMilles earlier work and anticipates his more mature efforts. Following her triumphant success with the 1914-1915 Metropolitan Opera season, Geraldine Farrar was forced to cancel her annual European concert tour due to the war. Producer Jesse Lasky jumped at the chance of signing the opera star for three pictures to be made in Hollywood and personally directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Despite DeMilles concerns that Farrar, a master of the grand performance and gesture of the stage, would not be comfortable in front of the movie camera, she was a natural. Charming, believable and capable of great range, she lit up the screen just as she created excitement on the operatic stage. The Cheat establishes the familiar DeMille narrative formula wherein a wayward wifes impulsive indiscretions propel her into public scandal, private shame and marital turmoil. Gambling away the Red Cross funds she has been entrusted with, the social-climbing Edith Hardy (Fannie Ward) must turn to Arakau, an Asian ivory trader (Sessue Hayakawa) to cover the loss and save her reputation. But by accepting the loan, Edith has become Arakaus property, signified by a brand he burns into her naked back. In a state of hysteria, Edith shoots her captor, a crime that is pinned on her husband, Richard (Jack Dean). Bonus Feature: Only a month after DeMilles Carmen, Charlie Chaplin produced a brilliant parody of the film, Burlesque on Carmen. Essanay, Chaplins studio at the time, held the film back until they could expand it without the comedians consent into a feature, adding new scenes with other actors and including shots excised from the original editing. Using documents from Chaplin s unsuccessful lawsuit to thwart Essanay, we have reconstructed the original film as nearly as possible, and seen for the first time in counterpoint to DeMille s feature, Burlesque on Carmen becomes one of Charlie Chaplin s funniest comedy shorts. 31 minutes. Carmen Year:1915 Length: 57 minutes Picture: Color Tinted Starring: Geradine Farrar, Wallace Reid Director: Cecil B. DeMille Scenario: William C. de Mille Music Arranged and Compiled in 1915 by: Hugo Riesenfeld Music Performed by: Olympia Chamber Orchestra Music Conducted by: Timothy Brock Format: NTSC The Cheat Year:1915 Length: 59 minutes Picture: Black and White Starring: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean Director: Cecil B. DeMille Story: Hector Turnbull Screenplay: Turnbull and Jeanie Macpherson Music Composed and Conducted by: Robert Israel Format: NTSC Produced for DVD by David Shepard From the Blackhawk Films Collection Presented by Flicker Alley

Title: Carmen / The Cheat
Genre: Drama-Classics, Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
Starring: Wallace Reid
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Studio: Flicker Alley
Attributes: Manufactured on Demand, NTSC Format
Release Date: 3/14/2017
Original Year: 1915
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 889290435460
Item #: 1796828X

Street Date: 3/14/2017
Original Language: ENG
Run Time: 57 minutes

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