NIGHT OF LOVE, THE
A tale of Old Spain: a villainous duke (Montagu Love) spies a beautiful gypsy girl (Laska Winter) on her wedding day, and decides to exercise his droit de seigneur or "right of the first night." He takes her back to his castle to bed her before planning to return her to her groom (Ronald Colman). But the girl takes her own life rather than be defiled by the Duke, leading Colman to vow revenge. With the Duke's own nuptials coming up, Colman kidnaps his betrothed, the Princess Marie (Vilma Bánky). George Fitzmaurice's handsome production features strong performances from the star pairing of Colman and Bánky and the fine supporting cast. It was also subject to censorship and moral condemnation in some quarters (Photoplay called it "salacious and entirely too intimate for presentation to young people.") DIR George Fitzmaurice; SCR Lenore J. Coffee, from the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca; PROD Samuel Goldwyn. U.S., 1927, b&w, 80 min. NOT RATED
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Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Packard Humanities Institute