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Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the silent film drama/romance, THE SONG OF LOVE, released in 1923 by First National Pictures and directed by Chester M. Franklin.


The image depicts an interior scene inside a desert oasis as Noorma-hal (Norma Talmadge) sits on pillows while one man (Arthur Edmund Carewe) accuses the other (Joseph Schildkraut) of being a spy . The caption in the right side of the bottom border reads: "You are nothing but a spy."  It is unrestored in very good+ condition. 


*"The Song of Love is a 1923 American silent adventure drama film directed by Chester Franklin and Frances Marion, starring Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schildkraut, and Arthur Edmund Carewe. Frances Marion's screenplay is based on the 1922 novel The Dust of Desire by Margaret Peterson. A copy of The Song of Love is in the Library of Congress, Czech Film Archive, and other film archives."
*(source: Wikipedia)


*"A full-page article in the Nov 1923 AmCin described cinematographer Gaetano Antonio “Tony” Gaudio’s innovative technique for shooting night scenes during the day. He tested his experimental ideas, which involved treating the film negative with a “special coloring solution,” on Dust of Desire, taking a company of 400 people to “the desert” of Oxnard, CA, for three days of shooting Algerian night scenes in broad daylight. When the pre-treated film was later processed, it yielded black skies, light foregrounds, a clearly defined skyline, strong silhouettes, and sharp moonlight shadows. The results were a significant improvement over former methods of tinting the film positive, a technique that could never compensate for the daytime sky. Alternatively, actual night filming was expensive due to the costs for electricians, electrical equipment, and the electricity itself. Producer Schenck enthused that Gaudio’s technique saved him well over $5,000 a day, and anticipated that the industry would soon adopt the new process.


A 29 Oct 1923 FD article listed a 24 Dec 1923 release date for Dust of Desire. On 2 Dec 1923, the same trade magazine indicated that the film’s title had changed to The Woman of the Sahara. However, at some point prior to the Dec opening, the title The Song of Love was chosen."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)


The cast includesNorma Talmadge, Joseph Schildkraut, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Larry Wheat, Maude Wayne, Earl Schenck, Hector Sarno, Albert Prisco, Mario Carillo, James Cooley.



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