Madame X (1920 film)

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Madame X
Madame X FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by Goldwyn Pictures
Written by J.E. Nash
Frank Lloyd
Based on La femme X...
by Alexandre Bisson
Starring Pauline Frederick
Cinematography Devereaux Jennings
Production
company
Distributed by Goldwyn Distributing Company
Release date
  • September 26, 1920 (1920-09-26)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Madame X is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Pauline Frederick. The film is based on the 1908 play Madame X, by French playwright Alexandre Bisson, and was adapted for the screen by J.E. Nash and Frank Lloyd.[1] A copy of this film survives in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[2]

The play was previously adapted for the screen in 1910 and in 1916. The play has been subsequently remade several times.

Plot[edit]

As described in a film magazine,[3] jealous husband Louis Floriot (Courtleigh), refusing to forgive his wife Jacqueline (Frederick) for fleeing from his wrath and living with the friend who presses his attentions on her, forces her into the life of a derelict. Twenty years later she returns to France from Buenos Aires believing that her son Raymond has died. Laroque (Ainsworth), a crook who aids her in her return to France, learns that she is the wife of a man of wealth and tries, with the help of his two associates M. Robert Parissard (Belmore) and M. Merival (Louis), to get possession of a fortune that rightfully belonged to Jacqueline. To protect her husband from violence, Jacqueline kills Laroque and, accused of murder, is brought to trial. Refusing to confer with her counsel and preferring death to freedom, during the course of the trial she receives the shocking revelation that the defendant attorney is her son Raymond (Ferguson). The tragic story ends with the reunion of the two and the death of the miserable mother.

Cast[edit]

Censorship[edit]

It was common at that time for American state film censorship boards to require cuts in films for reasons of morality or to promote the common good. One noted cut in this film required by the Pennsylvania film board was in a scene with Jesus and the woman taken in adultery where an intertitle card with a New Testament verse on sin and casting stones was removed.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Madame X". Silent Era. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  2. ^ Madame X(1920) The Pauline Frederick page Stanford University
  3. ^ "Reviews: Madame X". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (13): 73. September 25, 1920. 
  4. ^ Smith, Frederick James (Oct 1922). "Foolish Censors". Photoplay. New York. 22 (5): 41, 106. Retrieved Dec 3, 2013. 

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