The Private Life of Helen of Troy

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The Private Life of Helen of Troy
Directed by Alexander Korda
Produced by Richard A. Rowland
Written by John Erskine (novel)
Gerald C. Duffy (intertitles)
Ralph Spence (intertitles)
Casey Robinson (intertitles)
Starring Maria Corda
Lewis Stone
Ricardo Cortez
Music by Carl Edouarde
Cecil Copping (NYC premiere, uncredited)
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Sidney Hickox
Edited by Harold Young
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 9, 1927 (1927-12-09) (NYC)
  • January 8, 1928 (1928-01-08) (Nationwide)
Running time 57 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

The Private Life of Helen of Troy is a 1927 American silent film about Helen of Troy based on a novel by John Erskine and adapted to screen by Gerald C. Duffy. The film was directed by Alexander Korda and starred Maria Corda as Helen, Lewis Stone as Menelaus, and Ricardo Cortez as Paris.

Coming at the end of the silent film era, it received the honor of being nominated for an Academy Award in 1929, the year of the Awards' inception, in the category of Best Title Writing. However, Gerald Duffy died on 25 June 1928, and he has the distinction of being the first person to be posthumously nominated for an Academy Award.

That same year, the first "talkie", The Jazz Singer, received an honorary award for introducing sound to film, and the category for which The Private Life of Helen of Troy was nominated was dropped by the second Academy Awards.

Two sections from the beginning and end, running about 27–30 minutes in total, are reportedly all that survive of The Private Life of Helen of Troy; they are preserved by the British Film Institute.[1]

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