Camille (1926 short film)

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Camille: The Fate of a Coquette
Directed by Ralph Barton
Produced by Ralph Barton
Based on La Dame aux Camélias
by Alexandre Dumas, fils
Starring Paul Robeson
Sinclair Lewis
Anita Loos
Release date
  • 1926 (1926)
Running time
33 mins (DVD)
Country United States
Language Silent

Camille: The Fate of a Coquette is a 1926 short film by Ralph Barton. Its development is described in Bruce Kellner's biography of Barton, The Last Dandy (1991).

This 33-minute silent film was compiled from Barton's home movies and is loosely based on the French novel, La Dame aux Camélias (1848), by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The homemade film is a mish mash of dos and don'ts i.e. a group of people presumably drinking real alcohol from liquor bottles during prohibition. The appearance of a toilet in a bathroom scene had almost never be done in American silent films of the time, with the exception of The Crowd (1928).[original research?]

Appearances are made by Charlie Chaplin, Paul Robeson, Anita Loos, H. L. Mencken, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Paul Claudel, and many other socialites of 1920s Paris, France and New York City, U.S.[citation needed]


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