Red Lantern (1919)

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In this atmospheric Chinese tale, (Alla Nazimova) plays Mahlee, a half-white, half-Chinese girl educated in Western ways by missionaries. She falls in love with one of the missionaries' sons, but he spurns her for an American girl (also played by Nazimova). The Chinese girl seeks revenge against the white race by falling in with the Boxers. Acting as the Goddess of the Red Lantern, she imparts various prophecies, none of which come true, and she commits suicide. The grandeur of the Oriental settings that were created for this drama overshadowed even the intense posturing of Nazimova -- no mean accomplishment! As a result, this gorgeous film lacked human interest.

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cross-cultural-relations, culture-clash, love, missionary, prophecy, revenge, son, suicide