Johann Sonnenthal, composer, meets Elsa Linden. She is engaged at the time to Robert von Erlen, but Sonnenthal attracts her. She, however, has neither depth of character to fathom his great... See full summary »

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Marshall Farnum
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Jack Jensen Jack Jensen ... Johann Sonnenthal
Dolores Cassinelli ... Elsa Linden
Clifford Bruce ... Robert von Erlen
John O'Hara John O'Hara ... Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Maxine Carmack Maxine Carmack
Walter Roberts Walter Roberts
Ellaine Lansing Ellaine Lansing
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Johann Sonnenthal, composer, meets Elsa Linden. She is engaged at the time to Robert von Erlen, but Sonnenthal attracts her. She, however, has neither depth of character to fathom his great love, nor to appreciate his divine gift of music. Her frivolous nature after marriage clamors for the gaiety and adulation of the butterfly life that she had led before meeting him. One day she happens to encounter Robert von Erlen and incidentally draws comparisons that are unfavorable to her dignified and preoccupied husband. Her hatred of his music breaks out so violently that she tears up his most valued composition. Sonnenthal is dazed at her daring and impertinence and staggers out into the open. At this stage, Von Erlen happens to meet him, appears to divine the break and determines to again see his old sweetheart. After hours of aimless wandering in the seclusion of the forest, Sonnenthal returns to his home at nightfall, to find it dark and empty. The truth dawns upon him; his wife has ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1914 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The first part is markedly inferior
21 April 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Not quite artistic enough to justify its two reels; in fact, the first part is markedly inferior to the second, which tells a story dramatically. In it, by perfect double exposure scenes, we are shown an old musician at his piano composing, while on the other half of the screen scenes of his early life are telling us his love story, but it is surely weak. The producer had a tremendously difficult job, as the script is written, and thus using a whole reel accents the fact that there can be no suspense in a backward looking story in such a case as this. When the story has caught up and we get action and find the musician Mendelssohn as one of the characters it becomes very interesting, although the acting is not of the strongest. The parlor scene is very pretty. Marshall Farnum produced it from the script of Winifred E. Jensen. The print is not as clear cut as might be. - The Moving Picture World, January 31, 1914


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