The Far Cry (1926)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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This society drama, adapted from the play by Arthur Richman, was the first directorial effort of cinematographer Silvano Balboni, who often was known just as Balboni. It features a color sequence of a decadent Roman banquet as its climax. Claire Marsh (Blanche Sweet) uses up a good chunk of her father's money when she divorces Max Fraisier (Leo White) in Paris. Claire discovers that Dick Clayton, her childhood pal (Jack Mulhall), is in the city studying art and they begin a romance. When his mother (Julia Swayne Gordon) disapproves, Dick goes to Venice. Claire follows, and they end up living together in unwedded bliss (not a common occurrence in 1926, and rather scandalous). Their affair is dampened when Count Filippo Sturani (John Sainpolis) starts up a flirtation with Claire, inflaming Dick's jealousy. The couple argues, and Claire returns to Paris, where Sturani holds a lavish Roman-style banquet in her honor. The curtains catch fire in the midst of the revelry, and Dick shows up in time to save Claire's life. The pair happily reunites.



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