City of Beautiful Nonsense (1919)

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Considered at least technically on par with the current Hollywood imports, City of Beautiful Nonsense, from a romantic novel by E. Temple Thurston, was the most talked about British film of 1919. Directed by and starring Henry Edwards, the romantic melodrama featured Chrissie White, Edward's wife and one of Britain's few genuine movie stars, as a girl who realizes almost when it is too late that her true duty is to marry for love and not economical gain. Beautifully photographed by Edward's favorite cameraman Charles Bryce, the film depicted scenes from London's Royal Kensington Gardens and the canals of Venice, Italy, both faithfully if economically recreated at the Hepworth-Edwards production facilities near Weybridge, Oatlands Park Estate. In addition the the Edwardses, the film also featured the usual Hepworth stock company of Gwynne Herbert, Douglas Munro, James Lindsay, Stephen Ewart and Teddy Taylor.