Sapho (1917)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This film, from the classic Alphonse Daudet story, stars Pauline Frederick as Fanny Legrand, the flower girl from the slums who becomes Sapho. Sapho earns her name when she poses as the legendary woman for sculptor Caoudal (Frank Losee). His effort is proclaimed a masterpiece, and she enjoys sharing in his success. Later, engraver Flamant (Pedro de Cordoba), falls in love with her, and since he's younger and better looking, she's all for it. He resorts to forgery so he can buy her jewelry and trinkets, and eventually he's caught and goes to jail. Next she meets student Jean Gaussin (Thomas Meighan), and for the first time she feels real love for someone. Jean has a sweetheart back home in the country, but Sapho hides the girl's letters from him. Sapho's romance is doomed, however, since her old lovers come back to haunt her. Flamant is released from jail and informs Jean of Sapho's questionable past. Appalled by this knowledge, Jean dumps Sapho and immediately goes back to his almost-forgotten country sweetheart. Even though it won't do her much good now, Sapho repents for all her past misdoings.