Flames of Johannis (1916)

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Nance O'Neil repeated her dual role of gypsy crone Zirah and Zirah's beautiful daughter Marika in this retitled screen version of O'Neil's stage vehicle The Fires of St. Joan. It's the old story of a gypsy maiden who falls in love with an aristocrat, a romance blighted by the obvious differences in their social stations. The original play was distinguished by the psychological import of its dialogue, but this was lost in the more simplistic silent-screen version. The film's chief asset was the spirited performance (or performances) of star O'Neil. Particularly noteworthy was the intricate double-exposure scene wherein Zirah and Marika embraced.