|The Exquisite Sinner|
|Directed by||Josef von Sternberg
|Written by||Alice D.G. Miller and Josef von Sternberg|
|Based on||Exquisite Sinner
by Alden Brooks
Prior to working on (and then abandoning) The Masked Bride, von Sternberg had filmed this picture in 1925, but MGM was so dissatisfied with the picture they refused to release it. The studio disliked early drafts of the film so much, they fired Sternberg before he was half finished filming and brought in staff director Phil Rosen for extensive retakes. In 1926, when the film finally surfaced (a full year after its completion), it had been so radically altered by Rosen that they released the two versions as different films entirely. Sternberg received majority screen credit for Exquisite Sinner. Later that same year, Heaven on Earth was released with the same cast and same sets. Both films performed poorly at the box office.
The film concerns a young Frenchman (Conrad Nagel) who forsakes the humdrum business world for the bohemian life of an artist. Renee Adoree co-stars as "The Gypsy Maid" who leads the hero merrily astray. Myrna Loy makes a brief, barely clothed appearance as "The Living Statue," the first of von Sternberg's many beautiful "mannequins."
- Conrad Nagel - Dominique Prad
- Renée Adorée - Silda, a gypsy maid
- Paulette Duval - Yvonne
- Frank Currier - Colonel
- George K. Arthur - Colonel's orderly
- Matthew Betz - Gypsy chief
- Helena D'Algy - Dominique's sister
- Claire Du Brey - Dominique's sister
- Myrna Loy - Living statue
SilentEra says the film is in the Turner Classic Movies/Warner Bros. archives. It is rumored that the Warner Bros. (MGM) archives holds a full print of this film, but as of 2014, no print has surfaced. Only a few images, promotional artwork and productions stills are currently known to exist.
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