Vintage Photos of Silent Stars Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino in “Camille” (1921)

Camille is one of numerous screen adaptations of the book and play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas. The original play opened in Paris in 1852.

The 1921 silent film stars Rudolph Valentino as smitten law student Armand and Russian actress Alla Nazimova as ailing courtesan Marguerite Gautier.

The film moves the setting of the story to 1920s Paris, and includes many lavish Art Deco sets, including that of Marguerite’s apartment.

Natacha Rambova, who would later become Valentino’s second wife, was the movie’s art director.

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Alla Nazimova photographed by Arthur Rice as Marguerite Gautier in Camille, 1921 via

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Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino in “Camille”, 1921 via

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Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino in “Camille”, 1921 via

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Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino in “Camille”, 1921 via

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Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino in “Camille”, 1921 via

Joan Crawford as Billie Brown in Our Modern Maidens (1929)

Our Modern Maidens is a 1929 American silent drama film directed by Jack Conways, the spectacular Art Deco set is by Cedric Gibbons and gowns are by Adrian. The film is a sequal to “Our Dancing Daughters”.

In the film real life couple Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. were teamed together, which made for a clever studio marketing campaign. The public had a fascination with Hollywood’s new “golden couple”, and the studio ensured that Joan’s last silent film was a success.

The story was a controversial for the times.

Joan Crawford stars as heiress Billie Brown who is engaged to marry her longtime sweetheart, budding diplomat, Gil Jordan, played by Fairbanks.

When Billie goes to see senior diplomat Glenn Abbott about ensuring that Gil gets a favorable assignment, Billie and Glenn are undeniably attracted to one another. Gil is likewise attracted to Kentucky Strafford, Billie’s houseguest, who becomes pregnant by Gil.

Gil finds that he loves Kentucky, but marries Billie instead. Once Gil finds that Billie really loves Glenn and Billie finds that Gil loves Kentucky, their marriage is annulled and both are paired up with the people they truly love.

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Joan Crawford as Bille Brown for “Our Modern Maidens,” 1929 via

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Joan Crawford as Bille Brown for “Our Modern Maidens,” 1929 via

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Joan Crawford as Bille Brown for “Our Modern Maidens,” 1929 via

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Joan Crawford as Bille Brown for “Our Modern Maidens,” 1929 via