Shifting Sands

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  • NR
  • 1918
  • 1 hr
  • 5.5  (743)

Shifting Sands is a 1918 silent romantic drama film starring Gloria Swanson, Joe King, and Harvey Clark. The film is directed by Albert Parker and produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. The movie's setting is in the deserts of Arizona, where the protagonist, Marcia Grey (played by Gloria Swanson), is from. She is a young woman who has extraordinary beauty, and her talents include playing the piano and singing. After her father dies, she starts working for a wealthy couple, the Allisons, as their piano teacher. There, she falls in love with their son, Dr. Dick Allison (played by Joe King). However, Dr. Allison marries another woman from the city, and Marcia is left heartbroken.

Marcia eventually meets a wealthy rancher, Robert Anson (played by Harvey Clark), who offers her a job singing in his saloon. Marcia accepts the offer, and she becomes known as the "Desert Nightingale." She becomes famous and wealthy, and Robert eventually falls in love with her. Despite her success, Marcia still yearns for Dr. Allison, but she tries to bury her feelings for him and moves on with her life.

One day, Dr. Allison arrives in town with his wife, and he goes to the saloon to see Marcia. There, he begs for her forgiveness and tells her that he has always loved her. However, Marcia rejects him, stating that it's too late for them, and that he should go back to his wife.

The movie showcases the challenges faced by a young woman in a male-dominated world. It also explores the themes of love, betrayal, and heartbreak. The actors' portrayal of their characters is sublime, and the cinematography is breathtaking, showcasing the stark beauty of the Arizona desert.

Shifting Sands is regarded as one of Gloria Swanson's best performances, and it propelled her to stardom. The film was one of the top-grossing movies of 1918, and it received glowing reviews from critics. The movie's success also played a significant role in establishing the careers of director Albert Parker and producer Adolph Zukor.

Overall, Shifting Sands is an excellent example of early Hollywood cinema. The film is a riveting drama that showcases the beauty of the Arizona desert, the early days of the film industry, and the indomitable spirit of a woman who refuses to be subdued by the challenges in life. It's a must-watch for movie enthusiasts, especially those who enjoy classic films.

Shifting Sands is a 1918 drama with a runtime of 1 hour. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.

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    5.5  (743)