Face of the World (1921)

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After being given the "Hollywood treatment," author Johan Bojer's famed novel changed from a story of breadth and scope into a trite domestic drama. Harold Mark, a country doctor (Edward Hearn), falls in love with Thora (Barbara Bedford), who lives with her crippled grandfather (Harry Duffield). Mark cures the grandfather and he and Thora marry. They move to the city, but after Mark earns a scholarship, he gets wrapped up with a radical movement. It takes time away from both his studies and his marriage. Thora, starved for attention, falls prey to Monsieur Duparc, a charismatic sculptor (Lloyd Whitlock). She leaves Mark and goes to live with Duparc's aunt. Mark, meanwhile, becomes disillusioned with his radical friends and eventually becomes the head of a hospital. Thora realizes that she does not want to spend her life with Duparc and tells him so. He drives to see Mark, but is involved in a car accident. Duparc is brought into the hospital and Mark saves his life. Mark and Thora are finally reconciled.



accident, altruism, divorce, doctor/nurse, fire, grandfather, hospital, jealousy, love, marriage, self-sacrifice, separation