QUESTION: Which is NOT the title of a real movie?
A) Love Actually
B) Love Guru
C) Love Lastly
D) Love Love Love
Silent film. Far too few movie lovers appreciate the sheer joy that can be experienced watching the cinematic wonders made in the days prior to the addition of sound. Despite the sad reality that thousands of old films have either been destroyed or damaged beyond watching, there are still many old films worth sitting down to watch. Alas, Love's Blindness is not one of them, since it is considered one of the lost melodramas of the 1920's.
The movie was produced in 1926. Directed by John Francis Dillon and starring the sultry Pauline Starke as well as Spanish-born Antonio Moreno (we'll talk about these two in a later blog), Love's Blindness was adapted from the novel written by the popular - and often scandalous - British author Elinor Glyn. She developed a definite notoriety during the 1920's for her steamy romances. In fact, Glyn is accredited with creating the notion of the "It" girl - an attractive, dynamic and sensual young women known to lure often innocent men to their doom through debauchery and mischief. Glyn's most famous book, simply titled It became a film starring Clara Bow the next year that nurtured Glyn's tempestuous celebrity. This film also starred Antonio Moreno.
The plot of Love's Blindness is definitely unconventional by today's standards: a British nobleman named Hubert Culverdale, 8th Earl of St. Austel, played by Moreno, is financially indebted to a Jewish moneylender. The moneylender tells Culverdale that the only way he can ever pay off his debt is to marry his daughter, played by Pauline Starke. Through marriage, she will become a member of the aristocracy, which is all her father wants. Desperate and without options, Culverdale consents, and explains that he could never - and will never love - his new wife, in large part because of her Jewish heritage. Ultimately, though, he is able to see beyond her religion and a love develops between the couple, which leads to a happy ending. (Sorry, spoiler alert.) The bigotry depicted in the book, as well as the movie, is abhorrent to modern Americans; however, in the 1920's it was likely considered a shocking development that two such different people could ever find love. Our country has truly come a long way in ninety years, with Americans living in harmony and being recognized more for their character and their abilities, rather than the color of their skin, the language they speak, or their religion. Maybe it is a good thing the movie is considered lost today.
ANSWER: C) Love Lastly, although it could happen soon! There are many, many films with the special word in it.