The Lily and the Rose (1915)

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In one of her autobiographies, Lillian Gish reprinted in toto the studio synopsis of the D.W. Griffith production The Lily and the Rose, then commented wryly "Now that's what I call a plot!" Wilfred Lucas plays a virile man-about-town who weds "The Lily" (Gish), only to cast her aside in favor of a sexy cabaret dancer called "The Rose" (played by Rozsika Dolly, of the Dolly Sisters). The Lily does not suspect her husband of hanky-panky until she receives an anonymous letter informing her of the fact. Hoping to win back her husband's love, she painstakingly learns a popular society dance and performs it for him. This just isn't good enough, thus husband and wife come to a parting of the ways. The Lily returns to her family home in the Deep South, while The Rose accompanies the husband to a seashore mansion. Eventually, the husband grows tired of the shallow dancer, and begins yearning for the sincerity and fidelity of his wife. Hoping to effect a reconciliation, hubby is crestfallen to learn that The Lily has already filed for divorce. Sadly, he retires to his backyard and kills himself, whereupon The Rose, concerned only for herself, callously walks out, leaving the corpse to the mercy of the seagulls. Gish was certainly right about that plot -- which, incidentally, was based on an unpublished novel by producer Griffith.

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dance [art], girl, house, suicide