Eye for Eye (1918)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Alla Nazimova's Eye for Eye has been described by Nazimova biographer De Witt Bodeen as "the ultimate in sweet exoticism." Adapted from L'Occident, a play by Henry Kistenmachers, the film casts Nazimova as Hassouna, daughter of an Arab sheik. Falling in love with a French military officer, Hassouna rescues her swain from a death sentence, whereupon she is banished by her tribe and forced to wander the desert. Sold into slavery, she rises to prominence as a dancing girl. She is reunited with her lover, now unhappily married. Informed that the officer has murdered her Arab family, Hassouna exacts revenge by seducing the officer's son. The play's original tragic ending was clumsily altered at the very last minute to correspond to then-prevalent audience tastes.

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accident, Arab, Bedouin, car, carnival, convent, dance [art], death, escape, family, France, girl, help, home, love, nephew, officer, revenge, selling, slavery, traveling, wife