Slave of Desire (1923)

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George Walsh, usually known for his athletic roles, stars in this fantasy based on the famous story by Honoré de Balzac. Poet Raphael de Valentin (Walsh) is down on his luck until a friend introduces him into society. He meets the Countess Fedora (Carmel Myers), and after she reads his poems, his work becomes an overnight sensation. He has fallen in love with the countess, but she refuses to have anything to do with him. At an antique shop, a wise man (Edward Connelly) presents Raphael with a magic donkey skin. It will bring him his every wish but there's a catch -- with each wish it grows smaller, and when it shrinks to the size of his palm he will be near death. He saves himself, however, by making his last wish for someone else. His unselfishness wins him his life and enables him to reunite with Pauline Gaudin, his childhood sweetheart (Bessie Love).

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aristocracy, desperation, influence, poet, power, wish