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The Sorrows of Satan
(1926) American
B&W : Nine reels / 8691 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: Adolphe Menjou [Prince Lucio de Riminez], Ricardo Cortez [Geoffrey Tempest], Carol Dempster [Mavis Clare], Lya de Putti [Princess Olga Godovsky], Lawrence D’Orsay [the Earl of Elton], Marcia Harris [the landlady]; Ivan Lebedeff [Amiel], Nellie Savage [dancing girl], Dorothy Hughes [Mavis’ friend], Josephine Dunn, Dorothy Nourse, Jeanne Morgan

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Associate producer, William Le Baron. Screen play (scenario) by Forrest Halsey, from the adaptation by John Russell and George Hull of the novel The Sorrows of Satan; or, The Strange Experience of One Geoffrey Tempest, Millionaire by Marie Corelli. Art direction by Charles M. Kirk. Photographed (cinematography) by Harry Fischbeck + [Arthur De Titta]. Miniature cinematography by Fred Waller Jr. Intertitles by Julian Johnson. Edited by Julian Johnson. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 7 February 1927 by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation [LP23647]. Premiered 12 October 1926 at the George M. Cohan Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 5 February 1927. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Originally a project that Cecil B. DeMille intended to produce. The production was shot at Paramount’s Astoria studios on Long Island, New York. Use of low-ceiling sets pre-dates Citizen Kane (1940). The film was taken out of Griffith’s hands and recut by Julian Johnson. Dempster’s final film.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.5262.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; and in a private film collection [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Courtship - Dance: Dancers - Devil - Evil - Hotels - Inheritances: Heirs - Millionaires - Nobility: Lords - Royalty: Princes, Princesses - Supernatural - United Kingdom: England: London - Wealth - Writers: Novelists

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: Film credits : AFI-F2 n. F2.5262; Bardèche-History p. 285; Barry-Griffith pp. 77-78; Brownlow-Parade pp. 82, 84, 91, 93, 579; Everson-American pp. 192, 218; Geduld-Birth p. 146; Limbacher-Feature p. 229; Paris-Brooks p. 177.

Home video: DVD.

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