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Byzantium Rebuilt for the Film: The Illustrated London News, 1922

 
Accession number AR.EP.NP.0553
Creator
Places
London (England [United Kingdom])
England (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom
Date
1922
Measurements
10.5 x 15.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph, text
Work types
newspaper

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

The Illustrated London News, March 18, 1922. - 383

Byzantium Rebuilt for the Film: Architecture in "Theodora"

A great film spectacle said to have taken three years to produce and to have cost £750,000: "Theodora" at Covent Garden - A scene in the hippodrome at Byzantium.

"Theodora," an Italian spectacular film based on Sardou's play of that name, was produced at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on Sunday March 12. It is chiefly remarkable for its wonderful setting, the architectural effects in the scenes at the Hippodrome and the Emperor's palace at Byzantium being on a truly magnificent scale. The production of the film is said to have taken three years, and to have cost over £750,000. In the Hippodrome scene, there is represented the gathering of a revolutionary crowd threatening the Emperor Justinian and his faithless consort, the Empress Theodora, who has been engaged in a love intrigue. She discovers her lover in a man who is about to be tortured, and, in order to save him by distracting the Emperor's attention, she orders a number of lions to be let loose among the crowd in the Hippodrome. The people seen in the foreground of the above photograph are other characters in the play.

EXHIBITION

Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882-1922
April-October 2017

Theodora appeared in multiple silent films from 1910 to 1930, many of them inspired by Victorien Sardou’s 1884 play. The Illustrated London News described the 1922 film, Theodora, as “Byzantium rebuilt,” and advertisements (here and here) for the New York City premiere billed it as the greatest film spectacle to date.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.096
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.NP.0553
Creator
Places
London (England [United Kingdom])
England (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom
Date
1922
Measurements
10.5 x 15.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph, text
Work types
newspaper

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