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Thais (1917)

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Hoping to cash in on the screen popularity of opera diva Geraldine Farrar, producer Samuel Goldwyn hired another opera luminary, Mary Garden, for a series of dramatic films -- at a salary of $10,000 per week. Unfortunately, while Farrar proved to be a warm, engaging screen presence, Garden was far too aloof and distant to gain audience support. The actress' first Goldwyn vehicle was a cinemaziation of her great operatic triumph Thais. Set in Fourth-Century Alexandria, this was the story of a vampish woman whose sexual peccadilloes result in dissension, dissolution and death for every male who crosses her path. Alas, the property failed to come to life on screen, due in great part to Mary Garden. According to film historians Richard Griffith and Arthur Mayer, Thais "consisted of little more that a series of shots of Garden in the statuesque poses of opera tradition, and, as a result, was a close approach to a motionless motion picture."

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