La Dubarry (1914)

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Leslie Carter was no stranger to Madame DuBarry -- she had played the role on stage in 1901. And even though she was on the far side of 50 in 1914, she was nevertheless cast as France's most famous courtesan in this Italian production (the director's reliance on a proliferation of long shots probably helped). The picture follows her from her first meeting with nobleman Jean DuBarry up to her final trip to prison and to the guillotine. Jeanette's love for Cosse Brissac doesn't stop her from becoming involved with the King. Jean DuBarry arranges her marriage to his brother so that the newly christened Madame DuBarry will have a place in the Royal Court. When revolution breaks out, this eventually puts her on the wrong side of the battle, while Brissac, whom she saves from execution, fights for the people. After the king's death, Brissac is freed from the Bastille, and the revolution heats up again. In spite of his pleas, Brissac cannot save Madame DuBarry, and she goes to her death at the hands of the people.