Cheat, The/A Girl's Folly*

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Cheat, The/A Girl's Folly*

  • 1915 ----- b & w ----- 59 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, screenplay by Jeanie Macpherson, Hector Turnbull; with Sessue Hayakawa, Fannie Ward, Jack Dean ) Establishing the classic DeMille formula of sex, sadism, and sacrifice, The Cheat made Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa an overnight star. Fannie Ward is Edith Hardy, a Long Island socialite who uses charity funds for Wall Street investments in hopes of buying some new gowns. She loses all the money and borrows from wealthy Asian Ivory Trader Arakau. When her husband gives her the amount she borrowed, Arakau won't take it back, branding her shoulder with a Japanese sign of his ownership. She shoots him. Her husband takes the blame. In court Edith reveals all to an angry mob. The film is notable for its dramatic lighting, illuminating the players from the side in a fashion that complements the psychological undercurrents of the story. (Originally the Hayakawa character was the Japanese character, Tori. When the film was re-released in 1918 his character was changed from Japanese to Burmese and renamed Haka Arakau.) (With a musical soundtrack)
  • 1917 ----- tinted ----- 30 min
  • (Directed by Maurice Tourneur, screenplay by Frances Marion, Maurice Tourneur ; with Robert Warwick, June Elvidge, Doris Kenyon) A comic look at life and love behind the scenes of a 1917 movie studio. A fascinating look at how movies were produced including indoor scenes shot on outdoor soundstages which turned to catch the sunlight. (With a musical soundtrack) [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (American Ethnic Studies: Asian-American, Discrimination, Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History, Women Studies)