She (1925 film)
|Directed by||Leander de Cordova |
G. B. Samuelson
|Produced by||G. B. Samuelson|
Arthur A. Lee
|Written by||Walter Summers (scenario)|
H. Rider Haggard (intertitles)
|Based on||She: A History of Adventure|
by H. Rider Haggard
|Music by||Louis Levy|
|Distributed by||Lee-Bradford Corporation|
(German, Finnish and/or English intertitles)
She is a 1925 British-German fantasy adventure film directed by Leander de Cordova and G. B. Samuelson and starring Betty Blythe, Carlyle Blackwell and Mary Odette. It was filmed in Berlin as a co-production, and based on H. Rider Haggard's novel of the same name. According to the opening credits, the intertitles were specially written for the film by Haggard himself; he died in 1925, the year the film was made.
The book has been a popular subject for filmmakers in the silent and sound eras, with at least five short film adaptations produced in 1908, 1911, 1916, 1917, and 1919 respectively. The 1925 version was the first feature-length adaptation, although it was trimmed from its original 98-minute running time down to 69 minutes for US release.
It is the most faithful of the three feature-length adaptations to date and follows the action, characters and locations of the original novel closely.
At Cambridge University, Horace Holly, nicknamed "Baboon" is visited by the dying Vincey who asks Holly to raise his only child Leo, and that he give Leo a chest on the latter's twenty fifth birthday. Holly agrees.
- Betty Blythe - Ayesha
- Carlyle Blackwell - Leo Vincy/Kallikrates
- Mary Odette - Ustane
- Tom Reynolds - Job
- Heinrich George - Horace Holly
- Jerrold Robertshaw - Billali
- Alexander Butler - Mahomet
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