Carmen / The Cheat DVD
Carmen / The CheatDVD
Cecil B. DeMille's epic production of "Carmen" (1915) showcases star soprano Geraldine Farrar as the Gypsy seductress of the Prosper Mérimée tragedy/Bizet opera, and Wallace Reid as the guardsman brought to ruination and revenge by her charms. Pedro de Cordoba, Horace B. Carpenter also star.
DeMille's risqué melodrama "The Cheat" (1915) tells of a free-spending married socialite (Fannie Ward) who "borrows" $10,000 from a charity fund. Desperate to repay the money and afraid to tell her husband (Jack Dean), she becomes the sexual slave of an Asian ivory dealer (Sessue Hayakawa) who has lusted after her.
The 2004 restoration of Charlie Chaplin's parody "A Burlesque of Carmen" (1915) is also included.
147 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.