The Song of Hate (1915)

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Celebrated Danish actress Betty Nansen starred in this modernized version of Sardou's 1887 drama La Tosca. Some of the names are changed, but the basic story, about a woman who agrees to sleep with a duplicitous police official in exchange for her lover's life, remained unchanged. Well photographed, the film relied heavily upon long, languorous dissolves and dreamy flashback sequences. In addition, star Nansen was evenly matched by Arthur Hoops in the role of her rebellious lover Scarpia. Perhaps not as memorable as Puccini's operatic version of La Tosca, Song of Hate was nonetheless quite well received upon its original release; alas, like all of director J. Gordon Edwards' films, this 6-reel Fox production no longer exists.

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woman, bribery, sex, police-officer