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The Bohemian Girl (1922)

| Romance | July 1922 (UK)
A Polish officer posing as a gypsy loves a gypsy girl who is really the count's daughter.


Harley Knoles


Michael William Balfe (opera), Alfred Bunn (libretto) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Gladys Cooper ... Arlene Arnheim
Ivor Novello ... Thaddeus
C. Aubrey Smith ... Devilshoof
Ellen Terry ... Buda, the Nurse
Constance Collier ... Queen
Henry Vibart Henry Vibart ... Count Arnheim
Gibb McLaughlin ... Captain Florenstein


A Polish officer posing as a gypsy loves a gypsy girl who is really the count's daughter.

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July 1922 (UK) See more »

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Cyganska dziewczyna See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The film's original running time is around 70 minutes ,but the first 20 mins of the film are believed to be lost. See more »


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An Interesting Moment In Film-Making
13 April 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The first twenty minutes of this silent adaptation of the operetta are missing. What is gone is basically the set-up, which explains how Austrian Count Henry Vibart's daughter winds up with a bunch of gypsies, and how Polish Count Ivor Novello winds up being adopted by them, following the Partition of Poland. By the time the little girl has grown up to become Gladys Cooper, she and Novello are in love. This makes Gypsy Queen Constance Collier jealous.

Making a silent adaptation of an operetta would seem to be thankless task, especially to a modern viewer with no sympathy for the theatrical form. Songs which define the show are reduced to phrases in the titles, and the stage spectacle of a number lost entirely. What is left are some very interesting credentials, including roles for Ellen Terry (as the nurse), C. Aubrey Smith as a gypsy, source novel by Cervantes and Joseph von Sternberg with his third movie credit as an assistant director. Some writers claim that some of the visual dazzle of the movie are his vision. I find that suspect. At this distance, it's impossible to tell if some of the staging is his idea, and he would repeat that sort of ornate mise-en-scene later, or if he noted what worked in this production and thought it worthy of redoing.

In any case, what survives is an interesting work, if only for the talent associated with it, and an example of what the British film industry was producing right at the peak of post-World-War-One movie making, before the industry turned down.

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