Alla Nazimova
Director: Ray C. Smallwood Cast: Alla Nazimova
Alla Nazimova
, Rudolph Valentino
Rudolph Valentino
, Arthur Hoyt
Arthur Hoyt
Ray C. Smallwood


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Although by no means the definitive version of the Alexander Dumas story -- scenarist June Mathis modernizes it and the overall tone is rather cool for such a group of supposedly hot-blooded characters -- this picturization is notable for a number of reasons. To play Camille's lover, Armand Duval, film star Alla Nazimova hired a handsome young up-and-comer named Rudolph Valentino. Valentino's friend Mathis was primarily responsible for this -- although he had already been in a few films, the just-completed Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse would not be released until a few days before Camille began shooting. So the silent screen's biggest heartthrob was still a virtual unknown, as far as Nazimova was concerned. But as Armand he nearly steals the show because he seems so much more natural than Nazimova's stagey Camille -- not to mention the fact that by the film came out, Four Horsemen had already made him a star. The art direction shows the stylized hand of Natacha Rambova, and it was on this production that she and Valentino met and became lovers. The plot to Nazimova's picture stays close to the book at first -- the glamorous demi-monde gives up her lifestyle for young Armand, then gives him up at the behest of his father (William Orlamond) -- but then the ending strikes a sour note. In every other version of Camille ever filmed, the tuberculosis-stricken courtesan dies in Armand's arms. Here she dies with only Gaston (Rex Cherryman) and Nichette (Patsy Ruth Miller) in attendance -- no Armand! In spite of this huge disappointment, the picture still made money for its releasing studio, Metro. Nevertheless, this was Nazimova's last picture for the company.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2021
UPC: 0089218838797
Original Release: 1921
Source: Alpha Video
Sales rank: 38,570

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alla Nazimova Marguerite Gauthier/Camille
Rudolph Valentino Armand Duval
Arthur Hoyt Count De Varville
Zeffie Tilbury Prudence
Rex Cherryman Gaston
Patsy Ruth Miller Nichette
Consuelo Flowerton Olympe
Edward Connelly The Duke
William Orlamond Msr. Duval

Technical Credits
Ray C. Smallwood Director
Rudolph Bergquist Cinematographer
June Mathis Screenwriter

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