Eye for Eye (1918 film)

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Eye for Eye
Eye for eye - lobbycard 1918.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by Albert Capellani
Produced by Richard A. Rowland
Maxwell Karger
Alla Nazimova
Written by June Mathis
Henry Kistemaeckers
Albert Capellani
Starring Alla Nazimova
Cinematography Eugene Gaudio
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1918 (1918-12-22)
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Scene from the film.

Eye for Eye is 1918 American silent drama film directed by Albert Capellani. It was produced by Richard A. Rowland and Alla Nazimova and distributed by Metro Pictures. Nazimova is also the star in a production scripted by June Mathis. A trailer of the film is currently held in the Library of Congress, and evidence has arisen that a copy may exist in Gosfilmofond in Russia.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Arabs have captured the French Captain de Cadiere (Bryant), but he escapes with the help of Hassouna (Nazimova), a young Bedouin woman of the desert. She is abandoned to die by the irate sheik (Stern), is captured by marauders of the desert sands, and is sold in slavery to the manager of a small French circus. The Captain, at a show near a small town where his ship is anchored, finds the Bedouin woman and takes her to his home. After hearing that the Captain's detachment has killed all of her tribe in the desert, she vows vengeance upon the Frenchman. However, she fails in the execution of her threat due to his love for her.



  • Anita Brown
  • Barry Whitcomb


Like many American films of the time, Eye for Eye was subject to restrictions and cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 3, of the kissing between the wife and her lover, Reel 4, the lover kissing the woman on her shoulder, kissing between the married woman and lover at door, Reel 7, the vision of the party, and the nude woman on the couch.[5]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Eye for Eye at silentera.com
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Eye For Eye
  4. ^ "Reviews: Eye for Eye". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (25): 29. December 14, 1918. 
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (24): 42. December 7, 1918. 

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